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A female patient complains of abdominal discomfort. Watery stool has been leaking from her rectum. This could be a sign of

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Answered May 09, 2019

Fecal impaction

Fecal impaction can be serious. When constipation is not resolved, stool becomes hardened and unable to pass. Liquid stool may pass around the impaction. Patients may complain of feeling bloated; having the urge to push; nausea or vomiting; not wanting to eat. The impaction may need to be manually removed. Patient education should include increasing liquids and fiber, as well as regular physical activity.
 

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