Obstructive Defecation Syndrome

What Is Obstructive Defecation Syndrome?

Obstructive defecation refers to the inability to pass stool through the digestive tract out the rectum.

What Is Symptoms?

The most common symptom of obstructive defecation is feeling more stool remains in your rectum after attempting to pass stool.

Other symptoms include:

  • Passage of hard stools
  • Excessive or prolonged straining while passing stool
  • Routine use of laxatives or enemas

Causes and Risk Factors

Obstructive defecation can be caused by structural deformities due to hereditary, injury, or age, problems with your digestive tract, impacted stool, or neurologic issues.

Women who have had two or more children or had an injury during childbirth which damaged the fascia (the internal tissue that separates the vaginal wall and anus, leading to pelvic floor dysfunction) are at a greater risk for obstructive defecation.

Treatment and Procedures

Treatment will depend on the underlying cause of your obstructive defecation.

Treatment may include:

  • Medications to alleviate constipation
  • Biofeedback to help you regain control of your muscles
  • Surgery to repair or correct anatomical deformities