Gigantic poop almost kills man, paralyses him for two weeks
A local man lost feeling in one of his legs, couldn’t walk for two weeks and almost died due to poop he held in
Local doctors have involved themselves in the affairs of a man who became so constipated that it gave him paralysis in one of his legs and came dangerously close to dying…of poop.
The 53-year-old Australian took himself to the emergency room with abdominal pain that had been building for three days, swelling and nausea. More alarmingly, he was experiencing pain in his right leg, which he was unable to move for the past 24 hours. The leg had no palpable pulse and was cold to the touch, the doctors write in the BMJ Case Report.
As IFLScience noted, “a rectal examination revealed that the man had impacted stools. A scan of his abdomen revealed he was suffering from massive faecal compaction and potentially life-threatening abdominal compartment syndrome (increased pressure in the abdomen).
“The scan revealed his faecal matter had become so backed up, it had distended his large intestine and put pressure on his right iliac artery. This pressure caused pain in his leg, as well as paralysis.
“Due to the seriousness of his case (he was also showing signs of renal impairment and metabolic acidosis – where the kidneys stop removing as much acid from the body) he was taken to surgery right away to remove the backlog of brown matter and relieve his abdominal pressure.”
The doctors in the original report took it further: “Significant faecal disimpaction was performed manually under general anaesthesia with approximately 2 Liters (sic) of faeces removed,” they wrote.
After the huge amount of faeces was removed, he was given constipation relief. Four days later he was able to leave the intensive care unit, though it took him another 13 days before he was able to walk again.
The doctors were unsure of the cause of his build-up.
As IFLScience noted, “constipation on this scale can be incredibly dangerous. In 2015 a teenage girl with a phobia of toilets died after holding in a bowel movement for eight weeks. The build-up led to her chest cavity becoming compressed and eventually she died of a heart attack. So if you are having trouble you should contact your physician, and under no circumstances should you hold it in.”
That’s good advice.