Fecal impaction is also known as "stercoroma", "coproma" and "scatoma". It is a mass of hard stool, formed in the latter parts of the intestines and can cause an obstruction. This condition is often associated with constipation. The increase in the residence time of feces in the intestine, can indeed lead to reabsorbing water. Fecal bulk, private water, becomes increasingly hard, dry and difficult to evacuate, leading to the development of fecal impaction.

In the initial stage, the fecal impaction can be entirely asymptomatic, and the accompanying symptoms are typical of an intestinal occlusion (pain and abdominal distension, spasmodic contractions of the anal sphincter associated with pain, nausea and vomiting).


What kind of diseases can be associated with fecal impaction?

The following diseases may be associated with fecal impaction:

  • Colon cancer
  • Constipation

Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.


What is the therapy for fecal impaction?

In case of fecal impaction, it is very important to ensure softening of stool through special enemas and suppositories or by manually crushing. In the serious and complex conditions, it may be necessary to resort to a surgical intervention.

In general, leading a healthy lifestyle, based on regular exercise conduct, even light, and a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can promote intestinal mobility, thus preventing the development of the condition. It is very important to drink plenty of water, especially in the warmer months.


When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of fecal impaction?

In case of illnesses diagnosed earlier (see list of associated diseases).