terminal reservoir syndrome

terminal reservoir syndrome

GI tract A potentially massive dilation of the descending and sigmoid colon, particularly common in the elderly, which is initially caused by voluntary suppression of defecatory urge; as the rectal stretch receptors degenerate, a vicious cycle of overextension and fecal impaction develops
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Recognizing that Terminal Reservoir Syndrome occurs when the rectum becomes distended due to failure to void feces on a regular basis.

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