Consequences of untreated constipation

  • Bloating / general abdominal discomfort
  • Pain
  • Nausea
  • Poor appetite
  • Anxiety around toileting
  • Impaction requiring hospital admission and surgery
  • Diarrhoea, known as overflow diarrhoea. The hard stool is still stuck but some mistakenly believe this counts as a bowel motion
  • Fresh blood on wiping due to the hardness of the stool
  • Increase in seizure activity
  • Challenging behaviours
  • Intestinal tears
  • Peritoneal sepsis
  • Death
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