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Does fecal impaction usually cause many symptoms?

Does fecal impaction usually cause many symptoms?

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

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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What causes fecal impaction?

What causes fecal impaction?

Most commonly: Due to dehydration or excessive caffeine intake/alcohol intake, medication that cause constipation. Of course must always consider physical problems causing blocckage such as adhesion, stricture, tumor or inflammation. Best to see your doctor and get a thorough exam. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of fecal impaction?

What are the symptoms of fecal impaction?

feeling: Of fullness in your rectum that you can't get out, recent absence of a normal bm, sometimes leakage of liquid from anus or only watery stools as that is all that gets around the impaction. Need to be evaluated to determine the reason for your impaction. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of fecal impaction?

What are the most common symptoms of fecal impaction?

Several: A fullness or pressure deep in pelvis, unable to pass stool or gas, seepage of liquid feces around the impaction, abdominal distention, nausea, if impaced seek medical attention promptly. ...Read more

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What's a fecal impaction ? is it causes by constipation? and what can you do if someone has it?

What's a fecal impaction ? is it causes by constipation? and what can you do if someone has it?

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

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Wife has some symptoms of partial fecal impaction incl. nausea. Can she wait until tomorrow (Mon) to see a doc? (She's phobic of ER.) Should she eat?

Wife has some symptoms of partial fecal impaction incl. nausea. Can she wait until tomorrow (Mon) to see a doc? (She's phobic of ER.) Should she eat?

Water: No food until cleared. If feverish or in intolerable pain to the ER. IF not in pain and not feverish please have her ingest three liters of water today but no more food until she is passing stool. To the doctor tomorrow. ...Read more

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Wife has all symptoms of fecal impaction & is nauseous. She's terrified of hospitals. It's Sunday. Can she wait till Monday to see a doc? Can she eat?

Wife has all symptoms of fecal impaction & is nauseous. She's terrified of hospitals. It's Sunday. Can she wait till Monday to see a doc? Can she eat?

No: Waiting is playing Russian roulette. She should be more terrified of cancer or ruptured bowel than of going to the hospital. Take her to the nearest hospital emergency room NOW. She should not eat anything until seen by a physician ...Read more

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Whats fecal impaction?

Whats fecal impaction?

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