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After 4 days of laxatives I think the impaction has gone but

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After 4 days of laxatives I think the impaction has gone but I am left with a softish lump in my stomach area. Is that undigested food or should I still go for a scan.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
Hello from JustAnswer. In someone that has just had improvement with a recent impaction, it is very likely that a soft lump is some retained undigested food, but it is impossible to say with certainty. However, if there are no other symptoms, it is reasonable to continue the laxatives for another day or two and see if the lump resolves. If the lump resolves with another couple days of laxative, that would be good evidence that this was retained undigested food, and no further evaluation would be necessary. If I can provide any additional information, please let me know.
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Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
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