Fecal incontinence Overview
Fecal incontinence is the inability to control bowel movements or milder forms such as rectal leakage. The other type of incontinence is urinary incontinence, but the two types are entirely different ailments. Fecal incontinence is not the same as diarrhea, although one may occasionally cause the other.
There is also “flatus incontinence” or “gas incontinence” referring to the involuntary escape of rectal gas. This is regarded as a mild subtype of fecal incontinence. There is also “wet flatulence”.
A number of physical anorectal conditions can cause fecal incontinence: hemorrhoids, anal fissure, etc. Paradoxically, gastrointestinal blockages such as constipation and fecal impaction may cause incontinence due to anal leakage. There are a number of other types of disorders that may be the cause: gastrointestinal disorders, nerve disorders, spinal cord disorders, brain disorders, and various other types. Laxative overuse is also a possibility.
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- Fecal Incontinence: Fecal incontinence is the leakage of feces from the anus due to difficulty with defecation (leakage of urine is called
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- Incontinence: Incontinence refers to an inability to voluntary control urination or defection. Urinary incontinence is more common and is often what
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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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- Hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids are a disorder of the rectum, where enlarged rectal blood vessels protrude from the rectum out of the anus
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- Anal Fissure: Anal fissure is a tear in the anal membrane, usually causing anal bleeding. The bright color of the blood is
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