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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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  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) Also in
  • (American Academy of Family Physicians) Also in

Symptoms

  • (International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders)

Diagnosis and Tests

  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) - PDF

Treatments and Therapies

  • (International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders)
  • (Johns Hopkins Medicine)
  • (International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders)
  • (International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders)
  • (International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders)
  • (International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders)
  • (Cleveland Clinic Foundation)

Living With

  • (International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders)

Statistics and Research

  • (International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders)

Clinical Trials

  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)

Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)

Find an Expert

  • From the National Institutes of Health

Children

  • (Nemours Foundation)
  • (International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders)

Women

  • (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) Also in

Seniors

  • (AGS Foundation for Health in Aging)

Patient Handouts

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