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faecal impaction


  • constipation may lead to formation of large hard stools filling up the rectum which cannot be passed and which may cause overflow fecal incontinence and thus may present as diarrhoea
  • bowel distention from feacal overload may cause ischaemia of the bowel wall and cause stercolic colitis which may require emergent bowel resection
  • in general, the patient with fecal impaction should not be discharged from the ED without it being resolved - these patients will probably need inpatient care to ensure it is resolved, and this may require manual removal perhaps under GA
faecal_impaction.txt · Last modified: 2019/06/15 09:34 by

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