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Fecal Impaction

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is fecal impaction?

Fecal impaction is a buildup of hardened bowel movements that gets stuck in your rectum or colon. Fecal impaction may cause a partial or complete blockage. This can make it hard for you to pass a bowel movement.

What causes or increases my risk for fecal impaction?

What are the signs and symptoms of fecal impaction?

How is fecal impaction diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms and what medicines you take. You may need any of the following:

How is fecal impaction treated?

How can I help prevent fecal impaction?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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