How can rectal prolapse cause fecal incontinence?

Sphincter can't shut. In rectal prolapse the sphincter is generally intact but because the rectum is coming out of the anus it is in a somewhat open position and although constipation is the most frequent cause of prolapse once the prolapse is full thickness any loose stool will likely escape.
Not usually. A weak sphincter might increase incontinence but rectal prolapse doesn't necessarily cause incontinence other than just changing your perception of a need to pass stool if it's severe prolapse.

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What are the risks involved with surgery for rectal prolapse? Incontinence?

Several: see below. Risks of rectal prolapse surgery depend on approach: surgery through the perineum, or bottom, has few risks, but a higher recurrence rate. Abdominal approach has risks common to abdominal surgery (bleeding, infection, wound problems, adhesions etc) but a lower ecurrence rate. Most people note worsened continence after prolapse repair: most improve, but the degree of improvement varies. Read more...

I have stool leakage after defecation for 4 hours and anal pain lasts longer. Internal piles or rectal prolapse would cause that problem?

-Gastroenterologist. 20 y/o female has,"leakage after defecation for 4 hours and anal pain lasts longer. Internal piles or rectal prolapse would cause that problem?" Probably have long standing constipation history but at age 20 and such long duration of pain, best to see a specialist, Gastroenterologist. And once resolved put preventive measures in place + See a Nutritionist to help. Read more...

Can flax seed cause fecal incontinence?

No. There is no evidence or even anecdotal reference to that. Fecal incontinence is a sign of potentially serious spinal, neurological or colorectal disease. Please consult your PCP urgently if you have this complaint. Read more...

Can Valium (5mg/day) cause fecal incontinence?

Urinary incontinence. Has been described but i was unable to find reports of fecal incontinence with valium. Diarrhea or constipation are possible. Fecal incontinence can sometimes occur with severe diarrhea. Read more...

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

Yes. Yes anorectal mono metric studies will give the clue for amor rectal dysfunction , dis-coordination of specter function . Cause of fecal incontinence . Is a simple out patient test . Read more...
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...
Yes. Anorectal manography or arm is commonly used to assess the function of the anus and rectum. This test can help determine if their is muscle weakness, nerve damage or interruption of the anal sphincter muscles. Endoanal ultra sound is often performed at the same time. Read more...

What are the causes of fecal incontinence?

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...
Muscle weakness. Fecal incontinence can be caused by muscle weakness, nerve damage or interruption of the anal sphincter muscles. Medical problems like diarrhea or ibs may also aggravate symptoms. Early treatment is important and usually includes avoiding dietary triggers, pt and electrical stimulation.You need a complete evaluation to determine the best treatment for you. Read more...
Many causes. Fecal incontinence can be caused by stool moving too quickly through the colon such as with diarrhea. Or from an inability to "hold it " or from leakage of mucous/liquid stool. Treatments include dietary changes, medication, physical therapy, nerve stimulation and surgery. A urogynecologist, colorectal surgeon or gastroenterologist can perform an evaluation. Read more...
Many. It can be related to damage to the sphincter muscle or pelvic support, neurologic ( nerve ) problems, gastrointestinal disorders, food sensitivities....... Recommend folllow up with gastroenterologist, colorectal surgeon, or urogynecologist. Read more...

What could cause fecal incontinence while jogging?

Depends. As a doctor, any complaint of fecal incontinence is always a cause for great concern so the simple answer here is it is best take this to a doctor for a peronal exam and evaluation. Now, some folks might, as a result vigorous physical activity develop a more urgent need to defecate and be normal, but true incontinence of stool is a bothersome symptom and i'd recommend you see a doctor. Read more...