Constipation 101: Expert Insight

Constipation is a common GI symptom—and consumers spend billions each year trying to treat irregular bowel movements. But the cause, and treatment of constipation is not the same for everyone! Leading gastroenterologist and motility expert, Dr. Darren M. Brenner, navigates us through the various causes and treatment options for constipation, including the overwhelming amount of over-the-counter products, and provides vital insight on the brain-gut connection, as well as pelvic floor issues in some cases!

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Darren M. Brenner, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine and Surgery in the Division of Gastroenterology at Northwestern University

Dr. Brenner is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Surgery in the Division of Gastroenterology at Northwestern University and serves as Director of the Neurogastromotility and Functional Bowel Programs, Co-Director of the Integrated Bowel Dysfunction program, and Director of the Motts Tonelli GI Physiology Laboratory. He is also an active Irene D. Pritzker Research Scholar. Dr. Brenner focuses his clinical and research pursuits on a wide range of motility topics including IBS, constipation, opioid related constipation, fecal incontinence, gastroparesis and scleroderma. He has published more than 125 articles, abstracts, and online materials on these subjects, and has lectured both nationally and internationally in these areas. He acts as a reviewer and editor for multiple GI peer-reviewed journals and is a current associate editor of the American Journal of Gastroenterology. He was a charter board member of the American Gastroenterological Association Academy of GI and Liver Educators, acts as a member of the advisory board for the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders and serves (research) and has served on multiple ACG committees (education, MOC, digital publications and communications). Dr. Brenner is a fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology and American Gastroenterological Association.

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