Name = Rectal tenesmus
ICD10 = R19.8
ICD9 = ICD9|787.99
Tenesmus is a feeling of incomplete
defecation. It is experienced as an inability or difficulty to empty the bowel at defecation. It is frequently painful and may be accompanied by involuntary straining and other gastrointestinal symptoms. Vesical tenesmusis a similar condition, referring to difficult or failed attempts to urinatedespite the bladder feeling full.
Rectal tenesmus is sometimes used as a
retronymto further distinguish defecation-related tenesmus from vesical tenesmus. [cite web | title = "Wrong Diagnosis" | url = http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/sym/rectal_tenesmus.htm
accessdate = 2007-07-09]
Tenesmus is characterized by a sensation of needing to pass stool, accompanied by pain, cramping, and straining. Despite straining, little stool is passed. Tenesmus is generally associated with inflammatory diseases of the bowel, which may be caused by either infectious or noninfectious conditions. Conditions associated with tenesmus include:
Irritable bowel syndrome
Inflammatory bowel disease
* Prolapsed hemorrhoid
* Rectal Lower GI parasitic infection, particularly "Trichuris Trichiura" aka
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