Primary risk factors include inadequate fiber and water intake and colonic hypomotility. Adverse medication effects (eg, opioid effects) can also contribute to constipation, which can lead to fecal impactions.
Management includes manual disimpaction, enemas, and polyethylene glycol treatment. If these methods are unsuccessful, mineral oil enemas and colonoscopy for disimpaction can be considered, as can surgical disimpaction. Addressing the underlying predisposing condition is critical to preventing recurrence.
K56.41 – Fecal impaction
44635007 – Fecal Impaction
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