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Dr. Charlene Sojico
763 doctors shared insights

Fecal Retention (Overview)

Fecal retention = Stool is retained in the rectum. This can be due to medical or psychological causes.


Dr. Charlene Sojico
763 doctors shared insights

Fecal Retention (Overview)

Fecal retention = Stool is retained in the rectum. This can be due to medical or psychological causes.


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Can constipation cause urinary retention?

Can constipation cause urinary retention?

Rarely: Severe stool impaction can cause urinary retention especially in chidren. A large hard bolus of stool can compress thethra ; even push up the bladder neck. Such patients usually need a manual stool disimpaction followed by vigorous enemas ; should consult with a gastroenterologist if they have not previously done so. ...Read more

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Can constipation cause urinary retention?

Can constipation cause urinary retention?

Yes: Sometimes there is enough stool in the colon and the bowel becomes enlarged enough so that it can mechanically obstruct the outflow of the urinary tract/bladder. Work to keep stool soft and formed with generous daily water intake, dietary fiber and exercise:) ...Read more

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Can fecal impaction lead to bowel obstruction?

Can fecal impaction lead to bowel obstruction?

Yes: Fecal impaction, when severe, can be a cause of a mechanical bowel obstruction. ...Read more

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Does lactulose cause water retention?

Does lactulose cause water retention?

No : It can cause abdominal distension (because it draws fluid into the intestines) and diarrhea but not fluid retention in your lungs or legs. ...Read more

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Is there help fecal retention syndrome?

Is there help fecal retention syndrome?

Outlet constipation?: Many people have poor coordination in the pelvic floor muscles that perform dual function: tighten up to hold things in during cough, sneeze, laugh or lifting; completely relax to allow easy passage of stool. If the relaxation is incomplete or the muscles tighten up when you push then passing stool will be difficult. Pelvic exercises guided with biofeedback can often improve relaxation. ...Read more

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How can rectal prolapse cause fecal incontinence?

How can rectal prolapse cause fecal incontinence?

Sphincter can't shut: In rectal prolapse the sphincter is generally intact but because the rectum is coming out of the anus it is in a somewhat open position and although constipation is the most frequent cause of prolapse once the prolapse is full thickness any loose stool will likely escape. ...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

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Is ileus with fecal stasis dangerous?

Is ileus with fecal stasis dangerous?

Not usually: An ileus is a slowing down of the motility or flow through the bowel, and can occur typically when someone is taking a lot of pain meds, or has recently had a big operation. Some metabolic problems can cause it also. It generally doesn't require an operation, contrary to a bowel obstruction, which may. It is sometimes difficult to distinguish between the two. A surgeon can help differentiate. ...Read more

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Can flax seed cause fecal incontinence?

No: There is no evidence or even anecdotal reference to that. Fecal incontinence is a sign of potentially serious spinal, neurological or colorectal disease. Please consult your PCP urgently if you have this complaint. ...Read more

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Can frequent, chronic drinking (alcohol) cause fecal blood in stool?

Can frequent, chronic drinking (alcohol) cause fecal blood in stool?

Yes: Chronic drinking can lead to gastric irritation, ulcer and duodenal ulcers. These may bleed allowing blood into the GI tract and eventually will be seen in the stool. ...Read more

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Can fish oil cause diarrhea and fecal incontinence?

Can fish oil cause diarrhea and fecal incontinence?

Large doses: Large doses can cause diarrhea but shouldn't cause fecal incontinence to any degree (maybe a little spotting that passes with gas, but that's about it). ...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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Can Valium (5mg/day) cause fecal incontinence?

Urinary incontinence: Has been described but i was unable to find reports of fecal incontinence with valium. Diarrhea or constipation are possible. Fecal incontinence can sometimes occur with severe diarrhea. ...Read more

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Can chronic constipation cause a false normal fecal elastase stool test level? Sample only achieved after high dose bisacodyl laxative (25mg).

Can chronic constipation cause a false normal fecal elastase stool test level? Sample only achieved after high dose bisacodyl laxative (25mg).

No: However, fecal elastase is famously neither sensitive nor specific for anything. It is helpful but only as one small part of a workup along with other indicators to determine whether to treat. ...Read more

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Does magnesium citrate for a bowel prep cause water retention? Or just help clean the bowel out?

Does magnesium citrate for a bowel prep cause water retention? Or just help clean the bowel out?

Magnesium Citrate: Magnesium citrate retains water in the intestines by osmosis. Increasing water in the bowel aids motility, usually producing a bowel movement within one-half to six hours. Magnesium Citrate does not cause water retention. ...Read more

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