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What is faecal incontinence?

Faecal incontinence occurs when you are unable to control wind, liquid stool, or solid motion of your bowels. People suffering from faecal incontinence have difficulty controlling their bowels and pass faeces or wind without control. This condition is common, particularly when it comes to passing wind, and at least one in 20 people are affected by it.

Faecal incontinence may not be life-threatening, but it can impact your quality of life and affect your emotional wellbeing. The condition can also indicate more serious underlying medical issues too.

Symptoms and causes of faecal incontinence

Also referred to as bowel incontinence, faecal incontinence has several common causes, including constipation and diarrhoea. Muscle and nerve damage can also lead to the condition while some causes are often associated with ageing and giving birth too. These conditions can harm the strength of the rectal muscles and result in incontinence. Risk factors include physical disability, age, nerve damage, and being female.

Diagnosis and treatment

Dr Elliot will assess your symptoms to diagnose faecal incontinence and conduct several tests to identify the condition’s underlying cause. These tests may include a rectal exam which includes anorectal manometry and anorectal ultrasound to test the rectal squeeze pressures and rectal musculature and anatomy. Further radiological screening may be requested to determine if the damage to the sphincter mechanisms.