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Colorectal Diseases

Impacted bowel

10/27/2009

Question:

what is the best way to relieve an impacted bowel at home.also what would help to relieve the pain?

Answer:

Fecal impaction can often be relieved with enemas. There are many types of enemas, but all have to be administered very carefully. Since the stool in an impaction is likely to be dry and firm, an enema containing a lubricant and a stimulant often works well. The best step to take however is prevention. A combination of fiber, fluids, laxatives and stool softeners is often needed to promote evacuation and prevent impaction. Even preventive enema therapy has a role.

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Response by:

Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati