Fecal Impaction Symptoms

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Several tests are used to determine the cause of fecal incontinence. The first step is a digital rectal exam in which the doctor inserts a gloved finger into the rectum. The doctor feels for abnormal anatomy or impacted stool. Impacted stool is a mass of hard, dry feces that becomes lodged in the bowel. Liquid material can leak out around it.

Nerve damage that could affect rectal reflexes can be identified with the "wink" test, in which the doctor touches the anus to see if it...

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