A 34-year-old member asked:
How does the body control a bowel movement so no incontinence?
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Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Avoid incontinence: The colon's primary function is absorption of water (mostly right colon) & storage of solid waste (mostly left colon). Continence of stool relies primarily on rectal tone & sensation. An inflammed colon or one that is too active may result in diarrhea, whereas a sluggish colon may contribute to constipation. Fecal incontinence reflects rectal/anal disturbance (see my earlier healthtap entries).
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Last updated Sep 22, 2018
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