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Constipation and Fecal Soiling (Encopresis): Tests and Diagnosis

What tests are used to diagnose constipation and fecal soiling?

In most cases, constipation and fecal soiling can be diagnosed after a health care provider completes a detailed history and physical examination. Occasionally other tests might be needed. These may include:

  • Blood work
  • Abdominal x-ray
  • Barium enema
  • Rectal biopsy

How do providers at Children’s Hospital Colorado make a diagnosis?

A diagnosis can usually be made at the first visit after a complete health history and physical examination.