What is fecal impaction treatment?


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Fecal impaction is typically treated by manual removal of the impacted fecal matter from the rectum, according to MedlinePlus. Using two fingers, a health care worker slowly breaks up the impacted fecal matter until it is able to be passed on its own.

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Completed in small steps to prevent injury to the rectum, the process may be split up with suppositories inserted into the rectum to help clear the impacted stool, according to MedlinePlus. In the case of a complete blockage of the bowel or an overly widened colon, emergency surgery is required, but a typical fecal impaction can be removed manually using this method. Diet, lifestyle and medication changes are often recommended to prevent the problem from re-occuring.

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