Fecal impaction

Overview

Fecal impaction often occurs in people who have been constipated for a long time and have been using laxatives. Fiber added to the diet, exercise, and laxatives may prevent impaction.

Symptoms

Symptoms include belly cramping and bloating and stool leakage.

Treatments

A doctor may insert one or two fingers to break up the stool in the rectum. A warm mineral enema then softens the stool, to aid in its elimination.

Last Updated Jun 13, 2017


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