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Fecal Incontinence

Key points about fecal incontinence

  • Fecal incontinence means that you aren't able to hold your bowel movement (feces or stool) until you get to a toilet.
  • It can be caused by diarrhea, damaged muscles or nerves in your rectum, large hemorrhoids, constipation, or chronic illnesses.
  • Your child may need imaging tests for a diagnosis, such as an MRI, anal manometry, or anorectal ultrasound.
  • Possible complications include emotional and social distress, irritation in the skin around the anus, and poor nutrition.
  • Treatment may include lifestyle changes, medicine, muscle training, biofeedback, electrical stimulation, or surgery.
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