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pertaining to or of the nature of feces.
fecal impaction accumulation of putty-like or hardened feces in the rectum or sigmoid. The condition often occurs in patients with long-standing bowel problems and chronic constipation. It also may develop when barium is introduced into the intestinal tract and not completely removed.

Symptoms include painful defecation, feeling of fullness in the rectum, and constipation or a diarrheic stool. Rectal examination reveals a hard or putty-like mass. The condition can be prevented in most cases by adequate removal of barium after radiologic studies, and by careful monitoring of the bowel movements of patients with problems of bowel elimination.

Fecal impaction usually requires digital removal with a gloved finger to break up the mass. Prior to removal the patient may be given an oil retention enema to help soften the mass.


Relating to feces.


/fe·cal/ (fe´k'l) pertaining to or of the nature of feces.


Of, relating to, or composed of feces.


See feces.


Relating to feces.
Synonym(s): faecal.


pertaining to or of the nature of feces.

fecal bilirubin
bilirubin in feces should be reduced to urobilinogen and its presence is suggestive of abnormality. See also bilirubin.
fecal consistency
classified as watery, soft, normal, dry and firm, scybalous.
fecal eating
fecal egg count
see egg count.
fecal examination for worms
adult worms in anthelmintic trials are collected in sieves after sampling of fecal output. Fecal larvae are counted by special techniques, e.g. baermann technique.
fecal fat
normally a small amount in feces. Large amounts in feces of carnivores indicates malabsorption or maldigestion, suggestive of deficiency of bile or pancreatic or intestinal lipase. May cause clinical steatorrhea.
fecal hemagglutination
fecal marking
see marking (2).
fecal output
see fecal volume (below).
fecal pellets
an indication of normal health in sheep and goats, most rodents and wild ruminants. Horse balls are an equine approximation of pellets.
fecal porphyria
abnormally high quantities in feces are indicative of the presence of porphyria or protoporphyria.
fecal smudge pattern
the pattern of feces wiped on the buttocks of calves by their tails is used as an indication of the type of abnormality of the feces and of the gut.
fecal softeners
agents that act against excessive drying of feces in the colon, aiding defecation. Psyllium hydrophilic mucilloid, methylcellulose and dioctyl sodium succinate are examples.
total fecal fat
a determination of the amount of fat found in a 24-hour sample. Used to identify maldigestion or malabsorption of fat.
fecal trypsin
may be measured qualitatively or quantitatively to diagnose exocrine pancreatic insufficiency.
fecal volume
varies a great deal depending on food and water intake. Otherwise is an indicator of digestive efficiency. Also expressed as fecal volume.
fecal water
varies with water intake and composition of feed, especially in herbivores. Otherwise an indicator of absorptive capacity of intestine, or enteropathy or use of purgatives.

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Q. baby has worm in stool 6 monthold

A. There are many treatments, but as far as I know they require prescription, so consulting a pediatrician may be necessary.

However, you may read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intestinal_parasite

Q. what does it mean when u have blood in your stool?

A. Blood in the stool can be bright red, maroon in color, black and tarry, or occult (not visible to the naked eye). Causes of blood in stool range from harmless, annoying conditions of the gastrointestinal tract such as hemorrhoids to serious conditions such as cancer. Blood in the stool should be evaluated by a healthcare professional.Rectal bleeding (known medically as hematochezia) refers to passage of bright red blood from the anus, often mixed with stool and/or blood clots. Most rectal bleeding comes from the colon, rectum, or anus. The color of the blood during rectal bleeding often depends on the location of the bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract. Generally, the closer the bleeding site is to the anus, the blood will be a brighter red. For the rest of this you can go to http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/forum.asp?articlekey=24701
Hope this helps.

Q. Blood in stools before and after polyp removel, Avms of the deodenel loop, inside hems, and 3cin tubuo adenoma Hi, On Nov of 06 I had a colonoscopy done and they didnt find any thing that could be mking me bleed and go to the rest room often. Then in Nov of 07 did a EDg and found I have AVMs of the deodenel loop.She Burned them and I didnt have any more bleeding till June of thei yr.On 6/6/08 i had another EDg done she burned more AVMs and on Mon I started bleeding again. This time she did a colonoscopy and found I had inside hems and a 3cin tubuolvillous adenoma inflamed.She cut, burned, and took it out in peices.She saye she will go back in Nov of this yr and look again. Two weeks after I had this done I had started to bleed again and had bad such bad pain in my hip I had to hold on to walk. that same day i started to bleed again. I bled out big clots and a bowl full of blood! A few days later the pain went away but was still bleeding ever time I had bowl movement!I can bleed up to 4 days at a times sometimes. I have been taking HC supp. and it seems to have stoped the bleeding and pain!

A. It is normal that after a polyp removal you will continue bleeding some more. However, if you feel like there is a lot of bleeding, and/or you are not feeling well, you should see a doctor as soon as possible to stop the bleeding or look for the source of bleeding.

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Assuming consumption of a large enough volume of contaminated material; mixing with food (with the potential for further growth in food before consumption (34,35]); and possible underlying host factors, such as mild hypochlorhydria (which can be associated with Helicobacter pylori infection, endemic to many developing countries) and malnutrition, transmission from environmental sources that are not heavily fecally contaminated becomes plausible.