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

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Dr. Elizabeth Yen
Pediatrics - Gastroenterology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Elizabeth Yen
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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Surgery - Colorectal

In brief: Usually not

But the most likely factor contributing is not enough fluids and/or too much caffeine which dehydrates and leads to constipation.
Drink 80-100 ounces of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily. This should help reduce the occurrences.

In brief: Usually not

But the most likely factor contributing is not enough fluids and/or too much caffeine which dehydrates and leads to constipation.
Drink 80-100 ounces of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily. This should help reduce the occurrences.
Dr. Eric Kaplan
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