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Causes Of Fecal Impaction
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
Took Cipro (ciprofloxacin) for GI infection. Stopped cause of side effects. Had fecal impaction(needed enema). Switched to Flagyl, w/colace. Will hard stools stop?
Obstruction: Fecal impaction usually causes obstruction in the large intestine. The disease often occurs in old and/or debilitated persons and they may not complain of any symptoms. Despite obstruction of the intestine, sometimes there is spurious diarrhea due to partial obstruction. Fecal impaction is sign of poor care. ...Read more
The cause: Fecal impaction is a relatively common cause of constipation. Generally is a result of dehydration and low fiber and sometimes exacerbated when defecation is avoided for a period of time. Manual disimpaction with a lubricated gloved finger may be necessary. Notably, this can cause diarrhea as well if liquified fecal matter oozes around the impaction. ...Read more
Can hysterectomy cause issues w constipation for 5 mo's post op? Also experienced fecal impaction twice. My OBGYN surgeon found no signs of prolapse.
Can't defecate: Stool becomes hard and dry; it's difficult for the colon to move it along, and difficult (and painful) for the hard stool to pass through the anal canal. Lack of water in diet can contribute; chronic use of opiate pain medscan too. Rarely people can have motility disorders of the intestines that contribute to fecal impaction. In extreme cases hard stool can wear through the intestinal wall. ...Read more
Fecal impaction is a: result of severe constipation,when a large mass of stool lodges in the outermost part of the large intestine,the rectum.It can be painful;some people then have liquid stool leaking around it,giving the appearance of diarrhea, but it is not.The cause of the constipation needs to be treated and the mass of stool needs to be removed, so enemas and stool softeners and laxative may be used. ...Read more
Stoppage of stool: Fecal impaction occurs when fecal matter gets "stuck" inside the colon and cannot be moved by the colon's natural peristalsis. This constitutes a matter of medical urgency, because impaction raises the risk of perforating the colon due to the increased pressure, to mention nothing of the fact that it can be incredibly painful. ...Read more
Enema: Fecal impaction can be a painful and frustrating condition. A large buildup of stool in the rectum can obstruct passage of stool and gas behind the obstruction causing pain and bloating. Depending on the severity of the obstruction, sometimes an enema is needed. If someone has tried over the counter stool softeners and laxatives simultaneously without response, it's time for an enema. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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