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Treatment for a patient with impacted stool - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My wife was constipated for four days and now she is trying for the last hour to pass stools but she cant. I gave her 2 ducolax about an hour ago but stilll cant pass lodged stool It is becoming quite painful.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   What is her age?
User :   79
Doctor :   Was she suffering from constipation earlier too?
Doctor :   What is her frequency per two weeks?
User :   No. She had intermiitent diarehea. And she has been on a restricted diet
Doctor :   I feel that she has impacted stools in the rectum
Doctor :   which is quite common at this age
User :   Yes that sounds right.
Doctor :   The impacted stool should be removed slowly with the helps of local anesthetic
Doctor :   The intense pain should cause more problems to her
Doctor :   The best way is to get the help of a nurse or a physician\
User :   Can we do this at home with vaseline or ky jelly?
Doctor :   I do not suggest this at her age

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