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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Elderly Fecal Incontinence

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How common is fecal incontinence in the elderly?

How common is fecal incontinence in the elderly?

Common: At least to some degree. Urinary incontinence is more common there is some promising research into slings for this type of incontinence just like with urine. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Beard
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Incontinence (Definition)

Incontinence denotes involuntary leaks of body wastes from urethra or anus; that from urethra is urinary incontinence, which may be classified as stress, urge, mixed (stress + urge), total, & overflow urinary incontinence, signifying its timing & specifics; that from anus is fecal incontinence, which may be urge, stress, total, etc. reflecting the ...Read more


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What causes incontinence in alzheimer's?

Few causes: Incontinence can be caused by a bladder infection, and over active bladder ( bladder spasms) or in an alzheimer's patient sometimes they just get distracted and confused and don't remember to use the bathroom. Follow up with a gynecologist, urogynecologist or urologist ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of fecal incontinence?

What are the symptoms of fecal incontinence?

Fecal Incontinence: Fecal Incontinence is not being able to hold in stool. May happen with soft, or formed stool. May be small amounts or large amounts. May be associated with sudden urge to have a bowel movement or may be associated without any sensation. Recommend follow up with gastroenterologist. colorectal doctor, urogynecologist, or proctologist.... ...Read more

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What are the causes of bowel incontinence?

What are the causes of bowel incontinence?

Many: There are many causes of incontinence, or loss of control of bowel function. Neurologic injury, such as spinal trauma; neurologic disease such as ms; injury to the sphincer muscle by surgery or even childbirth can cause this as well. ...Read more

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Why the patient with multiple sclerosis develop urinary incontinence?

MS lesions in CNS: Bladder dysfunction, which occurs in at least 80 percent of people with MS, happens when MS lesions block or delay transmission of nerve signals in areas of the central nervous system that control the bladder and urinary sphincter. See your neurologist for further discussion. http://www.healthline.com/health/multiple-sclerosis/incontinence ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is fecal incontinence?

Leakage: Fecal incontinence is when you have a bowel movement but can not make it to the bathroom on time. This can be caused by several things, including weakness of the muscles that control defecation, or nerve damage. A small amount is not uncommon in older folk. ...Read more

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What are common complications of fecal impaction?

Rare: Rarely in the debilitated or elderly they can cause a rectal ulcer of even a bowel obstruction leading to a colonic perforation...In young people they typically cause overflow fecal incontinence leading to soiling. ...Read more

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Is bowel incontinence common?

Is bowel incontinence common?

Fecal Incontinence: Fecal incontinence is estimated to occurs in some 5% of the population. The most common cause in the United States is the trauma of vaginal childbirth, particularly if a tear occurred or if a posterior midline episiotomy was performed. It is often not brought by patients and not asked about by doctors. It is treatable and manageable in most cases, with attention to diet, meals, a bowel journal. ...Read more

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What are the common symtoms of urge incontinence?

What are the common symtoms of urge incontinence?

Urge Incontinence: Incontinence that is caused by a sudden urge to go and unable to make it to the bathroom is urge incontinence. Kegel and pelvic floor exercises can help with holding it in. There are many causes of urge incontinence. You should see a urogynecologist or urologist for a full work up. Further information can be found at www.voicesforpfd.org. ...Read more

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Is dropping bladder a cause of stress incontinence in women ?

Associated: They occur commonly together, but not always. ...Read more

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Can syndopa plus causes urinary incontinence for a parkinson patient?

Not likely: The patients with parkinson's disease develop over active bladder, which causes frequency, urgency and urge incontinence. In fact better control of parkinson ( with Dopamine type of drugs) can alleviate the urinary symptoms. Most commonly used medications for this purpose are: oxybutanine, detrol, enablex, vesicare (solifenacin) and toviaz. These can be combined with other medications such as flomax, rapaflo. ...Read more

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What percentage of women develope urge incontinence?

VERY common : An alarmingly high percentage! the noble study found that 33 million americans suffer from incontince. Incontinence is more common than asthma, osteoarthritis, and diabetes. ...Read more

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Can there be some link between urinary and fecal incontinence?

Yes: Yes, many women with pelvic floor weaknesses may experience one or both incontinences. This is often related to stresses from childbirth. Treatment generally starts with exercises, but in cases of more refractory cases, other treatments may be required. Usually pelvic floor disorders are grouped together with urologists, gynecologists and colorectal surgeon consultants. ...Read more

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Is a anorectal manography used to help diagnose the cause of constipation and fecal incontinence?

Is a anorectal manography used to help diagnose the cause of constipation and fecal incontinence?

One test: This is one means to evaluate the anal sphincter for damage from childbirth, other injury. Or sphincter spam. There are many possible causes of constipation ; this is one test isolated to studying just the anal sphincter mechanism. ...Read more

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Can frequent, chronic drinking (alcohol) cause fecal blood in stool?

Can frequent, chronic drinking (alcohol) cause fecal blood in stool?

Yes: Chronic drinking can lead to gastric irritation, ulcer and duodenal ulcers. These may bleed allowing blood into the GI tract and eventually will be seen in the stool. ...Read more

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Bowel Incontinence (Definition)

Bowel incontinence is the loss of bowel control, leading to an involuntary passage of stool. This can range from occasionally leaking a small amount of stool and passing gas, to completely losing control of bowel movements. Causes are numerous but include neurological, psychiatric, gynecologic, dietary and traumatic causes. Referral to a colorectal surgeon ...Read more


Dr. Scott Beard
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Stool Leaking (Incontinence) (Definition)

Fecal incontinence is a condition in which there is lack of bowel movement control. While it is normal in infants, fecal incontinence can be due to nervous system or gut problems such as severe constipation in adults. ...Read more