Fecal impaction

Clin Colon Rectal Surg. 2005 May;18(2):116-9. doi: 10.1055/s-2005-870893.


Fecal impaction is a common gastrointestinal problem and a potential source of major morbidity. Prompt identification and treatment minimize the risks of complications. Treatment options include manual extraction and proximal or distal washout. Following treatment, possible etiologies should be sought and preventive therapy instituted.

Keywords: Fecal impaction; constipation.