Symptoms of Obstructed Defaecation Syndrome (ODS)

The symptoms experienced include some or all of the following:

• Needing to strain
• Never feeling empty
• Frequent visits to the lavatory
• Fruitless visits to the lavatory
• Using a finger to help evacuation

As emptying may not be complete some patients describe leakage of a small amount of stool after they have been to the lavatory.

What are the next steps?
If you think you have this condition or any of these symptoms
you will need to seek medical advice.
For more information or to make an appointment.
Contact birmingham bowel clinic on 0845 241 7762
or email
If you have private medical care or wish
to pay to see a consultant.
Take this factsheet along to your own
GP and request a referral to one
of our consultants
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