Fecal Incontinence: Overview
Fecal incontinence is the leakage of feces from the anus due to difficulty with defecation (leakage of urine is called urinary incontinence). The simplest cause may be temporary fecal incontinence that occurs with diarrhea in acute or chronic diarrheal disorders. For chronic fecal incontinence, the cause may be a muscle or nerve disorder related to defecation. Underlying causes may include maternal childbirth damage, rectal injury, spinal cord injury, dementia, degenerative nerve diseases, degenerative muscle diseases, or damage from surgery. Chronic constipation, such as from fecal impaction, may cause diarrhea as the feces leaks around the blockage. Treatment depends on the underlying cause.
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- Urinary Incontinence: Urinary incontinence is leakage of urine from loss of bladder control (leakages of feces is called fecal incontinence). Urinary incontinence
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- Nerve Disorders: Nerve disorders may affect movement or sensations. Nerves are part of the nervous system, including the spinal cord and central
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- Dementia: Dementia is the general name for a number of brain and neurological disorders where the patient suffers severe mental symptoms
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- Diarrhea: Diarrhea has many possible causes, of which the most likely is probably infectious gastroenteritis, causing diarrhea often with nausea and
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- Constipation: Constipation is difficulty with bowel movements such as due to hard stool. Constipation does not only refer to the total
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