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Bowel Incontinence

Also called: Encopresis, Fecal incontinence, Stool soiling 

Summary

Bowel incontinence is the inability to control your bowels. When you feel the urge to have a bowel movement, you may not be able to hold it until you get to a toilet. Millions of Americans have this problem. It affects people of all ages - children and adults. It is more common in women and older adults. It is not a normal part of aging.

Causes include

Treatments include changes in diet, medicines, bowel training, or surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

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Symptoms

Diagnosis and Tests

  • Bristol Stool Form Scale From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) - PDF
  • Stool Diary From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) - PDF

Treatments and Therapies

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