Tests and diagnosis

By Mayo Clinic Staff

In addition to asking about your child's symptoms, your child's doctor may:

  • Conduct a physical exam, including a digital rectal exam to check for impacted stool. During this exam, the doctor inserts a lubricated, gloved finger into your child's rectum while pressing on his or her abdomen with the other hand.
  • Recommend an abdominal X-ray to confirm the presence of impacted stool.
  • Suggest that a psychological evaluation be conducted to help determine contributing factors for your child's symptoms.
Jan. 02, 2014