TABLE 2.

Predictors of a Diagnosis of Constipation

Univariate Logistic Regression (P)
Laxatives.023
Soiling.087
Milk exclusion.0831
Wheat exclusion.154
Dietary exclusion.27
Abdominal pain.98
Blood in stool.453
Alternating diarrhea and constipation.2974
  • n = minimum 50 patients. On multivariate logistic regression, use of milk was found to be a significant predictor of the diagnosis of constipation, P < .01.