Palliative care - fluid, food, and digestionConstipation - palliative care; End of life - digestion; Hospice - digestion
People who have a very serious illness or who are dying often don't feel like eating. Body systems that manage fluids and food may change at this time. They can slow and fail. Also, medicine that treats pain can cause dry, hard stools that are difficult to pass.
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