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Fecal Impaction (Overview)

Hardened stool that's stuck in the rectum or lower colon due to chronic constipation.


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How can I treat fecal impaction?

How can I treat fecal impaction?

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 more

Fecal Impaction (Overview)

Hardened stool that's stuck in the rectum or lower colon due to chronic constipation.


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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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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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How do you know if you have passed a fecal impaction?

Rectum feels empty: Usually you will be able to feel residual stool if the impaction is not completely passed. Once your rectum feels empty it usually is. Some patients with chronic constipation find that rectal sensation tends to get dull over time so this can be less reliable. ...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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How is a fecal impaction best treated?

How is a fecal impaction best treated?

Depends: If severe will require manual disimpaction. If less severe enemas may provide relief. ...Read more

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Fecal impaction- any self treatment?

Maybe: If no bleeding has occured, can use a gently infused, warm, soap-suds enema. ...Read more

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What is a good gentle cure for fecal impaction?

What is a good gentle cure for fecal impaction?

Digital stimulation: Just placing a finger in rectum (digital stim.) May cause evacuation of impacted stool. Another 'gentle' treatment is placing a glycerin supposity in the rectum (which essentially does the same thing). Finally, an enema may help. ...Read more

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He thinks it could be a fecal impaction but how would he get rid of it?

Depends: If severe will require manual disimpaction. If less severe enemas may provide relief. ...Read more

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Are there some genetic reasons I get fecal impaction off and on?

Are there some genetic reasons I get fecal impaction off and on?

Maybe: There can be genetic predisposition to constipation, as in "it runs in the family." however, the most common cause for recurrent fecal impaction is chronic, under-treated constipation. Your general practitioner can help with bowel regimens to keep you regular and prevent fecal impaction. If this fails, referral to a motility specialist in gastroenterology is indicated. ...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

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What's fecal impaction?

What's 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

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What a fecal impaction?

What a fecal impaction?

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

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What is fecal impaction?

What is fecal impaction?

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

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What is a fecal impaction?

What is a fecal impaction?

Severe constipation: Go see a doctor ASAP to get disimpacted ...Read more

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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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How can I treat fecal impaction?

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 more

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How can you tell if fecal impaction?

How can you tell if 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

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How is a fecal impaction best treated?

Depends: If severe will require manual disimpaction. If less severe enemas may provide relief. ...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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Fecal impaction too high to reach, what to do?

Fecal impaction too high to reach, what to do?

Consider: Medical assistance if you are attempting to manually disimpact feces. ...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. The Best thing is to not get impacted by following a proper fiber diet and drinking plenty of fluids. ...Read more

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Could I have fecal impaction if no bm in 3 days?

Could I have fecal impaction if no bm in 3 days?

It is possible: See your doc or go to the er cause if it is impacted it wll need to be removed one way or another. ...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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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

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What are common complications of fecal impaction?

What are common complications of fecal impaction?

Rare: Rarely in the debilitated or elderly they can cause a rectal ulcer of even a bowel obstruction leading to a colonic perforation... In young people they typically cause overflow fecal incontinence leading to soiling. ...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 are all the complications from fecal impaction?

What are all the complications from fecal impaction?

Some are below: 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

Rectal Impaction (Definition)

Chronic constipation causes hard/dry stool to accumulate in the rectum ...Read more