Mountain Papaya Seeds Causing Fecal Impaction in Children

Julie Ituku, Mathenge Nduhiu

Nyeri County Referral Hospital, Nyeri, Kenya

Correspondence to: Dr. Julie Ituku. P.O Box 64964-00620 Nairobi, Kenya. Email:


Stool retention more commonly affects children. It is a clinical finding in which a child resists bowel movements resulting in infrequent defecation, which then becomes larger and more painful. If left unaddressed, it may result in fecal loading or fecal impaction. Fecal impaction is a common gastrointestinal problem and a potential source of morbidity. Prompt identification and treatment therefore minimize the risks of complications. Treatment options include manual disimpaction and proximal or distal washout in the absence of complications. We report 3 cases of children who presented in the past 2 years, with stool retention due to undigested mountain papaya seeds.


Key words: Prickly mountain papaya seeds, Stool retention, Fecal impaction, Manual evacuation.

Ann Afr Surg. 2017; 14(2):113-116 DOI:

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