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Wilmington, North Carolina
A 53-year-old male asked:

What tests can be used to diagnose a incomplete bowel movement and fecal incontence. i have had a colonoscopy. what do i need to ask my doctor?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 51 years experience
Description: Describe in your own words exactly what is going on with your bowel pattern, and exactly what you mean by bowel incontinence. If you have true fecal incontinence, it may not be a GI problem, but rather a neurologic problem. So, once again, describe precisely what your symptoms are to the doctor.
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Dr. Stephen Lloyd
47 years experience
Defecography, manome: There are specialized tests for these problems, usually supervised by a colorectal surgeon. A special x-ray takes images while you have a bowel movement and there are sensors that can test the muscle pressure in the rectum to see if there is a weakness (manometrics).
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Last updated May 6, 2015

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