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The most common complications associated with constipation are discomfort and irritation that can lead to:
Anal fissures (tears in skin around the anus)
Sometimes, the difficulty passing a bowel movement can cause more serious complications, such as:
Rectal prolapse (the large intestine detaches inside the body and pushes out of the rectum)
Fecal impaction (hard, dry stool is stuck in the body and unable to be expelled naturally)
Managing Complications of Constipation
If you suspect that you or someone you know is suffering from rectal prolapse or fecal impaction, it is important to see a doctor. Both rectal prolapse and fecal impaction can have serious side effects and require intervention from a medical professional.