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Why does a stroke patient or elderly person lose bowel control?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Disinhibition

There are various reasons: just as one can be paralyzed and unable to move the muscles of the arm or leg, they may be unable to maintain sphincter control due to muscular weakness.
Or they may not be able to feel that they need to evacuate. Or there may be higher cortical disinhibition in which they do socially unacceptable things they would never do if they had their full mental capacity.

In brief: Disinhibition

There are various reasons: just as one can be paralyzed and unable to move the muscles of the arm or leg, they may be unable to maintain sphincter control due to muscular weakness.
Or they may not be able to feel that they need to evacuate. Or there may be higher cortical disinhibition in which they do socially unacceptable things they would never do if they had their full mental capacity.
Dr. Bennett Werner
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Ask a neurologist

Have they been seen by their stroke doctor?

In brief: Ask a neurologist

Have they been seen by their stroke doctor?
Dr. Nick (Donald) Morrison
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