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What Is Fecal Incontinence?


Updated September 05, 2012

Question: What Is Fecal Incontinence?

Fecal incontinence is a loss of bowel control, which leads to involuntary passage of stool, causing a “bathroom accident.” Fecal incontinence can be "passive incontinence", in which stool is passed without the person's knowledge, or "urge fecal (or bowel) incontinence", in which the person is aware of the need to get to a bathroom, but leakage occurs before arriving at a toilet. Here is some helpful information about fecal incontinence:

Why does fecal incontinence happen?

What can I do if I have an accident?

How is fecal incontinence treated?


Lunniss, P. et.al. “ Risk factors in acquired faecal incontinenceJournal of the Royal Society of Medicine 2004 97:111-116.

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