Constipated pensioner’s bowels nearly ‘explode’ from a build-up of faeces

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The unnamed patient, 80, from Taiwan, was found collapsed in his living room by family members. Doctors had to remove part of his bowel full of excrement


Constipated pensioner’s bowels nearly ‘explode’ from a build-up of faeces after he didn’t go to the toilet for a week

  • The unnamed patient, 80, from Taiwan, was found collapsed in his living room
  • He was taken to hospital, where he confessed he had not defecated for a week
  • Medics took scans and found around 30cm of hardened faeces had built-up
  • Surgeons in Kaohsiung reportedly had to cut out a foot-long section of his bowel 

An elderly man’s bowels almost ‘exploded’ because he was so constipated, it has been claimed.

The unnamed patient, 80, from Taiwan, was found collapsed in his living room by family members. 

He was taken to hospital, where he confessed to doctors that he had not been able to defecate for an entire week. 

The unnamed patient, 80, from Taiwan, was found collapsed in his living room by family members. Doctors had to remove part of his bowel full of excrement

Medics took scans and found around 30cm of hardened faeces had built-up in his stomach, according to local media. 

Surgeons at Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital in Kaohsiung reportedly had to cut out a foot-long section of his bowel because of the accumulation.

They said he had necrotic bowel tissue, which was allegedly full of excrement. The man had a temperature of 39°C (102°F), signalling a fever.

Hsieh Yi-chien, one of the medics who treated the patient, spoke of what could have happened had the man waited longer to be seen.  

Medics took scans and found around 30cm of hardened faeces had built-up in his stomach, according to local media

Medics took scans and found around 30cm of hardened faeces had built-up in his stomach, according to local media

The pensioner remained under observation for two more weeks before being discharged, Apple Daily reports.

Constipation is a common problem and can usually be cleared up by diet or lifestyle changes, but it can become a longer-lasting issue if the cause is not tackled.

Potential causes include not getting enough fibre from fruit and vegetables, not drinking enough fluids, or side effects from certain medications.  

It comes after MailOnline last August revealed the similar situation of a 24-year-old man, thought to be from London.

The unnamed patient’s bowel became so full with faeces it burst – causing his organs to start shutting down, according to doctors writing in BMJ Case Reports. 





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