Overview Incidence Risk Factors Symptoms Evaluation Treatment Home Care dietary fiber warning signs Outlook Underlying Cause
Rectal Impaction Evaluation
- Signs of dehydration
- Frequent urination
- Lower abdominal swelling
- Lower abdominal tenderness
- Sometimes a large mass of stool can be felt in the lower left abdomen
- Firm stool is usually present on digital rectal examination.
The diagnosis of fecal impaction can be made without testing. Tests may be performed to exclude the possibility of intestinal obstruction.
Tests that may be used to evaluate fecal impaction include:
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PubMed Rectal Impaction References
- Cooper ZR, Rose S. Fecal incontinence: a clinical approach. Mt Sinai J Med. 2000 Mar;67(2):96-105. 
- Creason N, Sparks D. Fecal impaction: a review. Nurs Diagn. 2000 Jan-Mar;11(1):15-23. 
- Gold DM, Levine J, Weinstein TA, Kessler BH, Pettei MJ. Frequency of digital rectal examination in children with chronic constipation. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1999 Apr;153(4):377-9.