What is it?

Colonic inertia is a condition in which the colon does not contract and move waste material through the digestive tract efficiently, resulting in chronic constipation. The condition may be caused by a variety of factors, including nerve damage, muscle disorders, or hormonal imbalances.

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Signs & symptoms

The symptoms of colonic inertia include chronic constipation, abdominal discomfort, bloating, and difficulty passing stool. Some individuals may also experience nausea or vomiting.


Diagnosis of colonic inertia typically involves a physical exam and medical history review, including a review of current medications and dietary habits. Diagnostic tests such as a colonoscopy, abdominal imaging, or motility studies may also be used to assess the function of the colon.


Treatment of colonic inertia may involve dietary changes, such as increasing fiber intake or avoiding certain foods that may contribute to constipation. Medications such as laxatives or prokinetics may also be prescribed to improve bowel function. In some cases, surgical procedures such as colectomy or ileorectal anastomosis may be necessary to remove or bypass the affected area of the colon.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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