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Have impacted bowel, used soap water enema but failed. What do I do?

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what do you do if you have an impacted bowel and have used a soap water enema that has failed to yield any results? it has not even expelled the water from the enema
Posted Sat, 21 Jul 2012 in Digestion and Bowels
Answered by Dr. Ajit Naniksingh Kukreja 14 minutes later

Thanks for posting your query

The Information that you have provided is suggestive of propulsive disorder of intestines rather than impacted stool

If enemas and manual evacuation has not worked, get yourself examined by a surgeon to see if there is really any residual fecal matter in the anal canal

If no - take lubiprostone 24 mg twice a day and Lactulose 15 ml twice a day
Take plenty of fluids and lot of fiber in the diet

If there is impacted stool the ER nurse should be able to manually remove it, as trying to do it your self would be difficult, there has to be a syncronization of pressure from your side and manual evacuation by the nurse

Hope this helps
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