Last revised by Daniel J Bell on 25 Aug 2022

Tenesmus (also known as rectal tenesmus to differentiate from vesical tenesmus) is stated by patients as the unpleasant symptom that there remains something to evacuate from the rectum despite passing a stool. It is often - but not always - painful. Frequently there are actually no feces left in the rectum despite the feeling that there are.



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