Fecal Incontinence

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Yoshinori Abe

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Internal medicine

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

It refers to inability to control bowel movements, causing stool (feces) to leak unexpectedly from the rectum.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Low back pain

  • Swelling of the affected area

  • Abdominal pain

  • Abdominal bloating sensation

Possible causes

  • Rectal prolapse

    The rectum is the last part of the large intestine, and rectal prolapse occurs when it protrudes beyond the anus. It presents as a painless lump in the anus, frequently after straining when passing motion. People with weakened pelvic or anal muscles are at risk.

  • Anal fistula

    This is a condition where a tunnel forms between the anus and the skin surrounding the anus. Patients are prone to recurrent infection of the area, and this is often associated with inflammatory bowel disease like Crohn's disease.

  • Neurogenic intrapelvic syndrome

    A group of conditions which cause chronic pain in the anus and pelvis as well as symptoms related to parring urine or stool. The cause is often not known. It is also called functional anorectal disorders.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Have you accidentally passed motion or leaked stool?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have loose stools or diarrhea?

  • Do you have back pain?

  • Do you have hard stools or constipation recently?

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