Fecal impaction and colon obstruction

Haitham A. Saimeh


Fecal impaction is an important cause of lower gastrointestinal tract obstruction and carries high risk of mortality and morbidity, it is highly emphasized to early identify it to minimize any risk of complication. Recurrence is common, therefore preventive modalities as increasing the dietary fiber content to 30 gm/day, water intake, or discontinuation of medications that contribute to colon hypomotility. In this paper, I am pointing off the early recognition and treatment of fecal impaction to avoid lethal complications, therefore physicians should have higher level of suspicions because if fecal impaction goes unrecognized this will lead to fatal morbidity and mortality.


Fecal impaction, Colon obstruction, Colon cancer, Constipation

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