What is the emergency department (ED) treatment of constipation after critical illness is excluded?

Updated: Jul 05, 2019
  • Author: Marc D Basson, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Manual disimpaction and transrectal enemas may be used after any critical illness associated with constipation has been ruled out. A well-lubricated gloved finger might be required in patients with lower anorectal impactions. Warm water enemas usually are unpopular among the nursing staff and probably are not necessary within the emergency department (ED). These initial measures are then followed by elective evaluation of the causes of the constipation.


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