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What is the definition or description of: Rectal impaction?

What is the definition or description of: Rectal impaction?

Rectal impaction =: Chronic constipation causes hard/dry stool to accumulate in the rectum where it becomes stuck. ...Read more

Rectal Impaction (Definition)

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


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How did our ancestors on the prairie treat rectal impaction?

How did our ancestors on the prairie treat rectal impaction?

By prevention: Keeping yourself regular is the best method of preventing impaction. Plenty of fiber is the first line of therapy, and pioneers ate much more fiber than we do now. Make sure you drink plenty of water as well.

As to treating it once it happened, either a manual disimpaction or an enema is the best method of clearing it. ...Read more

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My brother says I should get treated because once in a while I get rectal impaction? Is he right?

My brother says I should get treated because once in a while I get rectal impaction? Is he right?

Should get seen: Constipation severe enough to cause impaction is not normal. It is worthwhile being evaluated. General advice for people with constipation: drink plenty of water, get aerobic exercise (eg walking at a brisk pace 20-30min/day), eat a high fiber diet and add fiber supplements if necessary. Avoid nuts, cheese, other foods that tend to constipate. ...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 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 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

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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 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 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

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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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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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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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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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Help? I believe I have fecal impaction, please help?

Help? I believe I have fecal impaction, please help?

Impaction?: At 50-years-old, I would have to question why you should suddenly develop a fecal impaction. Unless you were on medications or drugs that would slow down your bowels, I would be concerned that there could be some kind of obstruction such as a polyp or tumor. Because this needs to be sorted out, I would recommend that you make an urgent appointment to see a gastroenterologist. Good luck. ...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 is the definition or description of: fecal impaction?

What is the definition or description of: fecal impaction?

Hard stool in rectum: 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 fluids. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Do I go to gp for fecal impaction?

Do I go to gp for fecal impaction?

Yes: However if they are unwilling to see you for this either a gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon would be reasonable alternatives or as a last resort the er. ...Read more

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Would you also have constipation if you have fecal impaction?

Would you also have constipation if you have fecal impaction?

Yes: By definition, constipation is difficulty or inability to have a bowel movement. A fecal impaction preventing movement of fecal matter through the colon would definitely qualify. However, you can still be constipated without a fecal impaction. A fecal impaction requires urgent medical care, as you risk perforating the bowel with the increased pressure and space occupation. ...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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Please tell me what's the best way to fix a fecal impaction and fissures?

Please tell me what's the best way to fix a fecal impaction and fissures?

Fecal impaction: The safest way to clear a fecal impaction is to see your physician for a rectal exam first to confirm that nothing else is going on. Then he will prescribe a cleanout that likely include a general laxative and an enema. This would probably be followed by scheduling you for colonoscopy to clear your colon of any pathology. Once cleared, he will get you on a regimen to eliminate your anal fissures. ...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

Fecal Impaction (Definition)

Hardened stool that's stuck in the rectum or lower colon ...Read more