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Faecal impaction

A condition in which a considerable mass of hard faeces cannot be evacuated from the rectum. It is commonly associated with long-standing constipation. Faecal impaction is mainly associated with elderly people, particularly those whom are bedridden, and very young children.

The key symptoms are and extreme desire to pass a bowel movement: pain in the anus, centre of the abdomen and rectum: and in some cases, watery faeces that are passed around the mass (and can be confused with diarrhoea).

Treatment of faecal impaction is with enemas or, if these are unsuccessful, by manual removal of the faecal mass. This is only a temporary form of treatment but the individual would eventually need to get to the root of the problem


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