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Symptoms of Fecal impaction

The following features are indicative of Fecal impaction:
  • abdominal cramping
  • rectal bleeding
  • small, semi-formed stools
  • straining when trying to pass stools
  • bladder pressure
  • lower back pain
  • rapid heartbeat
  • loss of bladder control

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Common Causes of Fecal impaction

The following are the most common causes of Fecal impaction:
  • physical inactivity
  • not eating enough fiber
  • not drinking enough water
  • medications such as opioid pain relievers

Risk Factors for Fecal impaction

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Fecal impaction:
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • neurological disorders
  • diabetes
  • scleroderma
  • amyloidosis
  • celiac disease

Prevention of Fecal impaction

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Fecal impaction. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • reducing opiate-based medication
  • adequate intake of liquids
  • intake dietary fiber
  • daily exercise

Occurrence of Fecal impaction

Common Age Group

Fecal impaction can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Fecal impaction can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Fecal impaction

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Fecal impaction:
  • CT scan (Computed tomography): To create pictures of cross-sections of the body
  • Projectional radiography: To see the condition of body organ
  • Ultrasound: Used as the first imaging procedure in patients presenting with abdominal masses
  • Blood test: To identify medical problems
  • Colonoscopy: To view inside the colon and rectum

Complications of Fecal impaction if untreated

Yes, Fecal impaction causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Fecal impaction is left untreated:
  • ulceration of the rectal tissue
  • necrosis
  • rectal tissue injury

Self-care for Fecal impaction

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Fecal impaction:
  • exercise regularly
  • drink more water
  • eat more fiber
  • try to walk
  • do swimming

Patient Support for Treatment of Fecal impaction

The following actions may help Fecal impaction patients:
  • Family support: Provides support and education to patient
  • Join online support groups: Interact with people who are facing the problems related to fecal impaction

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Fecal impaction.

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