Obstructed Defaecation Syndrome

Obstructed defaecation simply means having difficulty emptying the bowel.

What causes obstructed defaecation?

There are two causes of obstructed defaecation, functional causes and physical causes. Sometimes the two can co-exist:

  • Functional- in this situation the pelvic floor fails to relax or even tightens when a patient tries to open their bowel.
  • Physical causes- these are caused by weakness in the pelvic floor rectoceles , enteroceles and internal prolapse (intussusception). These cause either a physical blockage to evacuation, or result in a pocket forming which traps some bowel content meaning evacuation is incomplete.
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 enquiries@birminghambowelclinic.co.uk
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
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