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Fecal Impaction (Definition)

It's large amount of hard stool in rectum which cannot be eliminated by patient. This can cause rectal fullness, pain and overflow incontinence. Treatment consist of consideration of manual disimpaction and strong laxative. Long term prevention consist of high fiber diet and ...Read more


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Can fecal impaction be harmful to your health in any way. If you suspect having it, what should your approach be and what treatment is possible.

Can fecal impaction be harmful to your health in any way. If you suspect having it, what should your approach be and what treatment is possible.

Mostly discomfort: Fecal impaction suggests a large hard stool that will not pass without help. It can be cause rectal pain and severe bloating. Multiple enemas may be needed to soften the stool to allow passage. Prevention is better than treatment: eat enough fiber daily and drink enough water to keep stool soft and passing easily. ...Read more

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Fecal impaction question--how do they soften it?

Fecal impaction question--how do they soften it?

Sometimes: Glycerine suppositories can help or a fleet mineral oil enema or sop suds enema mad with a teaspoon of liquid ivory soap. But if all else fails, manual disimpaction is necessary...Not fun for the patient or the physician. Best thing is to not get impacted by following a proper fiber diet and drinking plenty of fluids. ...Read more

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Traditional chinese medicine for fecal impaction?

Traditional chinese medicine for fecal impaction?

Not sure: Many of our medicines are derived from plants in our environment. If traditional chinese medicine means using some herbs with mild laxative effect (we still have these in our natural food stores!), more water intake, and perhaps a gentle enema, that seems reasonable. However, i can't see how acupuncture would aid. If this doesn't improve quickly, see your doctor: there may be a more serious cause. ...Read more

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What are you do to relieve severe fecal impaction?

Glycerine suppositor: Ies, or fleet mineral oil enemas can help. Rarely must be manually disempacted by a doctor or nurse. Do not try to do yourself as you may cause serious injury. ...Read more

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What complications can result from fecal impaction?

What  complications can result from fecal impaction?

Pain & misery!: Aside from the significant discomfort from not going, hard stools can irritate the lining causing bleeding, ulcers and in extreme cases, even perforation. Avoidance is mandatory to prevent these sorts of complications, so discuss prevention with your doctor. ...Read more

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What complications that can result from fecal impaction?

What complications that can result from fecal impaction?

Soiling: In extreme cases usually though only in elderly or debilitated people it can lead to rectal ulcers or even colonic perforations. More commonly it can cause fecal overflow incontinence or if chronic and resulting in long term straining in an attempt to defecate it can lead to laxity of the pelvic floor and incontinence hope this helps. ...Read more

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Funny how a diagnosis doesn't mean much till you have it. What is fecal impaction?

Funny how a diagnosis doesn't mean much till you have it. What is fecal impaction?

Severe Constipation: Fecal impaction typically indicates that stool has collected in your rectum and formed a large bolus or ball of stool. This typically requires "disimpaction" which is digital (with a finger) removal of this stool. This can in fact require sedation. Ironically severe impaction can cause fecal incontinence or soilage from liquid stool leaking around the large bolus of stool. ...Read more

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Can lizness be taken to help fecal impaction? If it can't be taken during fecal impaction, why is that? Please help

Can lizness be taken to help fecal impaction?
If it can't be taken during fecal impaction, why is that?
Please  help

Constipation: Fecal impaction should be treated by enemas or digital disimpaction. By taking Linzess it promotes water in the colon but if there is a hart stool impacted it may not push it out without either softening it or removing it digitally. ...Read more

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Am I at risk for fecal impaction if I don't eat or drink much?

Am I at risk for fecal impaction if I don't eat or drink much?

Yes, of course.: Stool becomes hard and dry if there is not enough water and fiber in your diet; it's difficult for the colon to move it along, and difficult (and painful) for the hard stool to pass through the anal canal. Chronic use of opiate pain meds can contribute too. In extreme cases hard stool can wear through the intestinal wall. People have become dependent on laxatives rather than eating right. ...Read more