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What does it mean when the colon is completely impacted with stool with no room left?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
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In brief: Impacted stool

It means that pt has severe constipation.
This is common in elderly pts also in pts taking narcotics ( strong pain killers). Many medications contribute to it. Tx is to increase fluid intake, increase fiber or fiber supplements( fibercon) stool softeners , and 3xwk or if no bowel movement in 3 days. Digital disimpaction may be necessary if hard stool present in anus or rectum with or w/o enemas.

In brief: Impacted stool

It means that pt has severe constipation.
This is common in elderly pts also in pts taking narcotics ( strong pain killers). Many medications contribute to it. Tx is to increase fluid intake, increase fiber or fiber supplements( fibercon) stool softeners , and 3xwk or if no bowel movement in 3 days. Digital disimpaction may be necessary if hard stool present in anus or rectum with or w/o enemas.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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Dr. John Edmison
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Obstipation

Obstipation occurs when the colon is full of stool or "impacted".
Recommend you see your doctor as you will likely need a combination of medication and manual disimpaction.

In brief: Obstipation

Obstipation occurs when the colon is full of stool or "impacted".
Recommend you see your doctor as you will likely need a combination of medication and manual disimpaction.
Dr. John Edmison
Dr. John Edmison
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