Fecal incontinence is a disorder that is manifested by the inability to retain the feces. The condition occurs when you cannot control the urge to defecate, which follows an uncontrolled emission, involuntary stools and intestinal gas.
There are several causes that can be the basis of the condition:
- local causes , due to a disorder present in the anal region (such as fecal impaction, hemorrhoids, anorectal cancer)
- causes related to the digestive system (constipation, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease)
- general causes , especially neurological (senile dementia, multiple sclerosis)
What kind of diseases can be associated with fecal incontinence?
The following diseases may be associated with fecal incontinence:
- Prostate cancer
- Senile dementia
- Food intolerance
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Crohn's disease
- Parkinson's disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Colorectal cancer
Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.
What is the therapy for fecal incontinence?
The diseases that are associated with fecal incontinence are many and different, so to enable a development of a treatment, it is important to understand what the cause of incontinence and to act on this. It is therefore advisable to consult your doctor who will advise on the appropriate remedies. In some cases and for some patients it is essential to resort to a surgical procedure to solve the problem. In many other cases (colitis, constipation) modifying the supply will be sufficient. In case of fecal incontinence, it is always better to avoid "do it yourself" remedies.
When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of fecal incontinence?
In case of fecal incontinence, it is always good to consult a doctor.