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  • Steatorrhea

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    Steatorrhea (or steatorrhoea) is the presence of excess fat in feces. Stools may be bulky and difficult to flush, have a pale and oily appearance and can be especially foul-smelling. An oily anal leakage or some level of fecal incontinence may occur. There is increased fat excretion, which can be measured by determining the fecal fat level. The definition of how much fecal fat constitutes steatorrhea has not been standardized.

  • Fecal impaction

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    A fecal impaction is a solid, immobile bulk of feces that can develop in the rectum as a result of chronic constipation. A related term is fecal loading which refers to a large volume of stool in the rectum of any consistency.

  • Obstructed defecation

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    Obstructed defecation, is "difficulty in evacuation or emptying the rectum which may occur even with frequent visits to the toilet and even with passing soft motions". The conditions that can create the symptom are sometimes grouped together as defecation disorders. The symptom tenesmus is a closely related topic. Another source defines evacuatory dysfunction as "a constellation of symptoms such as prolonged repeated straining at bowel movements, sensation of incomplete evacuation, and the need for digital manipulation". Some describe an "obstructed defecation syndrome", defining it loosely as "difficulty in evacuation, which may or may not be associated with constipation" Others inappropriately equate obstructed defecation with anismus. Although anismus is a type of obstructed defecation, obstructed defecation has many other possible causes other than anismus.

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