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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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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Is constipation a common symptom of irritable bowel syndrome?

Is constipation a common symptom of irritable bowel syndrome?

Yes: About a third of the patients i see with irritable bowel have constipation predominant symptoms. There are medications like Amitiza (lubiprostone) that can be used to treat it. ...Read more

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What is more common is young children divertiulitis or irritable bowel syndrome?

Irritable bowel: In 3 decades of caring for kids I have never seen or heard of a case of diverticulitis. It is a disease of elder adults. I do see ibs in kids ocassionally. ...Read more

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Is diarrhea a common symptom of irritable bowel syndrome?

Is diarrhea a common symptom of irritable bowel syndrome?

Yes: Diarrhea is a frequent symptom of ibs. There are 3 different types of ibs, 1) diarrhea predominant 2) constipation predominant and 3) alternating. However, diarrhea can also be seen in other conditions including celiac sprue, aids and crohns. ...Read more

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How is bowel incontinence typically treated?

How is bowel incontinence typically treated?

Disrupted or weak: Anal sphincter but also diarrhea or ibs unfortunately people wait until the muscle gets to far gone to do much with. Sphincter repair, biofeedback and neuroma dilation r therapies now, but slings are in govt trials right now. ...Read more

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Is vomiting a common symptom of irritable bowel syndrome?

Holly Barth Dr. Barth
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Is vomiting a common symptom of irritable bowel syndrome?

Not usually: The common symptoms are stomach pain relieved by a bowel movement, pain associated with increase stool frequency, and constipation or diarrhea. The stomach pains could possibly make a person nauseous but it is not common nor is it a criteria to diagnose ibs. Vomiting is not part of rome criteria and you should see your doctor for other etiologies of vomiting like gall stones and metabolic problems. ...Read more

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Is constipation common?

Is constipation common?

Yes: Yes, constipation is common. Many studies report a that 12-19% of the population suffer from constipation, but as high of 27% has been reported in some studies. ...Read more

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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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Is diarrhea common after small bowel resection?

Is diarrhea common after small bowel resection?

Depends on : Extent and part of resection. Diarrhea can occur if ileum is resected more commonly than jejunum. Even jejunum if is more than, say, 1/3. But compensatory hyperplasia can occur, so it should improve over time. Ask a gastroenterologist for a formal opinion. ...Read more

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What is a more serious condition: constipation or fecal incontinence?

What is a more serious condition: constipation or fecal incontinence?

Both situations: Are not healthy for an individual on a chronic basis. Neither should be ignored if the condition is chronic or more than just occasional. See your primary doctor and if necessary they will refer you to the appropriate specialist. ...Read more

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Is irritable bowel syndrome common in asia?

Lower in Asia: IBS is present in 10% to 20% of adults in the US. [2] one study conducted in a health maintenance organization population showed the prevalence of iIBS symptoms in respondents to be 19.5%. [3] the prevalence is similar in Europe, although it may be lower in Asia and Africa. ...Read more

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Is urinary incontinence normal if someone is constipated?

Is urinary incontinence normal if someone is constipated?

No, but common: When one is chronically constipated, bladder symptoms are common, including urinary tract infection (uti), urinary urgency, urinary frequency and urinary incontinence. Often, treating the constipation is the best way to improve bladder control. Further, urinary incontinence can be difficult to treat if constipation continues. ...Read more

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How common is urinary incontinence in teenanger?

Incontinence: It should not happen normally. Some teenagers tend to hold their urine too long and may have occasional accidents.. If this is a continuing problem the child should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Is "soft" stool and frequent bowel movement common with colitis?

Is "soft" stool and frequent bowel movement common with colitis?

Not always: If you have symptoms such as bloody stools or urge to go but nothing happens, or abdominal pain, or weight loss, then I'd be more suspicious for colitis. Nevertheless it would be a good idea to get your stool tested for inflammation and infection. ...Read more

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Is constipation common with colitis too?

Is constipation common with colitis too?

Can occur: In colitis whether it be ulcerative or Crohn's type the gamut of GI disturbances all the way from constipation to diarrhea can certainly occur. However, under your CONDITIONS you've not listed anything having to do with COLITIS. Are you diagnosed with this problem or are you asking on another's behalf? More questions? Feel free to write me: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR ...Read more

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What is urinary incontinence?

What is urinary incontinence?

Urine leak: Urinary incontinence refers to the involuntary loss of urine. There are many forms. It can be a drop or a spurt of urine loss with physical activity, such as cough, jump, lift or even getting up out of chair= stress incontinence. Getting an urge to urinate and leaking before you get to the toilet is known as urge incontinence, a form of overactive bladder (oab). ...Read more

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What is stress urinary incontinence?

Leak w/pressure: Stress incontinence is due to a combination of weak ligaments and weak pelvic muscles. Commonly associated w/weakness caused by vaginal childbirth but can occur in women who've not given birth. The most common treatments are kegels or pelvic muscle exercise. Muscles can be too weak to exercise on your own; pelvic floor pt is the best method. Minimally invasive surgery can restore ligament support. ...Read more

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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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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