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Rectal Impaction (Definition)

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


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Can I have a fecal impaction if I can go sometimes without my stool getting stuck???

Can I have a fecal impaction if I can go sometimes without my stool getting stuck???

IMPACTION: NO: IMPACTION means no stool passage. You likely have. IBS = irritable bowel syndrome constipation predominant. You need a full exam and blood work. Especial screen for H pylori. Also stool screen x 3 for occult blood /parasite/hpylori. I recommend a gluten free high fiber diet. Ie gutbliss. Com and Wholeapproach. Com. Also 64-80oz water. If symptoms persist a CT Scan may be needed. ...Read more

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I have been having constipation, bloating, diahreah, loose stool, thin stool, and stool inconsistency. Could this be fecal impaction?

I have been having constipation, bloating, diahreah, loose stool, thin stool, and stool inconsistency. Could this be fecal impaction?

Colitis: The differential diagnosis is vast.
Infectious...need for stool cultures.
IBS
celiac
and other immune diseases.
drug side effects.
Thyroid diseases
malabsorption/maldigestion
diet indiscretion
etc etc
try to stay on a liquid diet and then slowly introduce a soft mechanical + probiotics...if not better must see a Dr. ...Read more

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I can poop without my stool getting stuck in rectum only sometimes is it still fecal impaction????

I can poop without my stool getting stuck in rectum only sometimes is it still fecal impaction????

Anal dysfunction?: Consider deficient internal sphincter tone due to trauma, rectal prolapse, prolapsing hemorrhoids, drug effects, fecal impaction (in neurologic disorders). Anal manometry testing with biofeedback may help if dysfunction is determined. Sigmoidoscopy may however be appropriate in first physically evaluating the rectum & anal canal. ...Read more

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Hi doctor, this id dr renu here. I have fecal impaction it seems. I need to take feces with my fingers. It is going to be more trouble for me. Please suggest me some medications?

Hi doctor, this id dr renu here. I have fecal impaction it seems. I need to take feces with my fingers. It is going to be more trouble for me. Please suggest me some medications?

See below: 1. Make sure to drink lots of water daily to ensure proper hydration in colon.
2. Exercise (not necessarily vigorously) daily to help with motion of colon.
3. May try magnesium citrate liquid, polyethylene glycol liquid (e.g. Miralax), and dulcolax suppository.
4. Reduce stress in life - it strongly affects GI system. ...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 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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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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Fecal impaction after appendectomy, what to do?

Fecal impaction after appendectomy, what to do?

Work It Out. ..: Fecal impactions after surgery or any abdominal disease is a common problem. The problem escalates with age. Gentle tap water enemas with generous anal lubrication will usually work. Cathartics, drugs to cause a movement, are usually unhelpful with an impaction but there is no harm in adding them to the mix. Milk of Magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) or preparations like that are fine. ...Read more

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Is it possible to still defecate with a fecal impaction?

Is it possible to still defecate with a fecal impaction?

Yes: It is a common misconception that fecal impaction causes a complete blockage. Most often liquid stool makes its way around the hard lump in the rectum, and people commonly mistake this for diarrhea, and often take Imodium (loperamide) thus worsening the constipation that caused the problem in the first place! A quick digital exam will make the diagnosis and allow the correct solution. ...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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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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Can I get fecal impaction if I'm constipation??? but I have no pain?

Can I get fecal impaction if I'm constipation??? but I have no pain?

Yes: The longer you go without a bowel movement or complete evacuation then higher risk that stool will remain in the rectum long enough to get more dessicated (dried out from water being removed while in rectum), harder (more difficult to pass without straining &/or pain) and larger (large enough to get stuck or impacted). At some point pain usually occurs & the stool becomes more difficult to pass ...Read more

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

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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How do I find what's the best way to fix a fecal impaction and fissures?

How do I find what's the best way to fix a fecal impaction and fissures?

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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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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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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Can fecal impaction be harmful to your health in any way. If you suspect having it, what should your approach be and what treatment is possible.

Can fecal impaction be harmful to your health in any way. If you suspect having it, what should your approach be and what treatment is possible.

Mostly discomfort: Fecal impaction suggests a large hard stool that will not pass without help. It can be cause rectal pain and severe bloating. Multiple enemas may be needed to soften the stool to allow passage. Prevention is better than treatment: eat enough fiber daily and drink enough water to keep stool soft and passing easily. ...Read more

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I have fecal impaction. It is very painful & large. I am not passing at all & have taken lax. Should I try an enema or go to e.R. For dislodgement?

Try: Glycerine (otc) suppositories every 4 hours, lying down with feet elevated for 30 minutes after each insertion. Also can try fleet mineral oil enemas until clear. Then the key is to avoid getting the impaction in the first place. A GI workup may be appropriate if not recently performed. ...Read more

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Would magnesium citrate work if you have a fecal impaction

Would magnesium citrate work if you have a fecal impaction

Fecal impaction: It can sometimes work but there is also the possibility that you might need to be manually disimpacted. ...Read more

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How is a fecal impaction different from excessive gas?

How is a fecal impaction different from excessive gas?

Fecal impaction: Is a build up of hard stool that will not come out, excessive gas can be associated with many other bowel problems or from something you ate, if you are worried see your doc today. ...Read more

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Is it possible to still poop a little if you have fecal impaction?

Is it possible to still poop a little if you have fecal impaction?

MOST DEFINITELY: It depends on where in your large bowel the impaction is. Actually, and particularly in the elderly, nursing home patient, the most common sign of impaction is sudden diarrhea!
go figure huh... And I'm sure some people still think this job just needs one book and a test... Bery humbling profession.
One another example? ... Abdominal pain in the elderly... Think of pneumonia! no s. T! unreal. ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's possible to have fecal impaction if I poop everyday?

Can you explain if it's possible to have fecal impaction if I poop everyday?

Possible if you are: Passing liquid stool around the blockage or if small pieces of the blocking stool are breaking off. See your doctor for an exam and possible abdominal xray to be sure no other problems are causing this, . ...Read more

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Does fecal impaction lead to a sore pelvis?

Does fecal impaction lead to a sore pelvis?

Maybe...: How do you define "constipation? " A medical definition is bowel infrequency (less than one bowel movement every 3-4 days). I know of no patient who died due to bowel infrequency. On the other hand, an obstructed colon that ruptures, leaks, infarcts can be life threatening if the obstruction is not relieved. ...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

Fecal Impaction (Definition)

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


Feces (Definition)

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