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Funny how a diagnosis doesn't mean much till you have it. What is fecal impaction?
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Dr. Donald Kim
Surgery - Colorectal
2 doctors agree
In brief: Severe Constipation
Fecal impaction typically indicates that stool has collected in your rectum and formed a large bolus or ball of stool.
This typically requires "disimpaction" which is digital (with a finger) removal of this stool. This can in fact require sedation. Ironically severe impaction can cause fecal incontinence or soilage from liquid stool leaking around the large bolus of stool.

In brief: Severe Constipation
Fecal impaction typically indicates that stool has collected in your rectum and formed a large bolus or ball of stool.
This typically requires "disimpaction" which is digital (with a finger) removal of this stool. This can in fact require sedation. Ironically severe impaction can cause fecal incontinence or soilage from liquid stool leaking around the large bolus of stool.
Dr. Donald Kim
Dr. Donald Kim
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Dr. Carlo Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
In brief: All stopped up
Fecal impaction is when the stool within the rectum becomes hard to the point that it "clogs" the rectum. This can be very uncomfortable and causes pain and bloating.
Sometimes it can be severe enough that it causes the intestines to rupture which can be life-threatening. For this reason it is important to treat constipation before it worsens to the point of fecal impaction!

In brief: All stopped up
Fecal impaction is when the stool within the rectum becomes hard to the point that it "clogs" the rectum. This can be very uncomfortable and causes pain and bloating.
Sometimes it can be severe enough that it causes the intestines to rupture which can be life-threatening. For this reason it is important to treat constipation before it worsens to the point of fecal impaction!
Dr. Carlo Contreras
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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