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Incontinence, faecal

Incapacity to keep faeces in the rectum, creating involuntary defaecation.

Causes

A frequent cause of faecal incontinence is faecal impaction, which usually occurs from long-standing constipation.  In this condition, the rectum becomes overfull, creating faecal fluid and small parts of faeces to be passed involuntarily around the impacted mass of faeces.  Temporary loss of continence can also arise in extreme diarrhoea.  Other causes include injury to the anal muscles (as can occur during childbirth), dementia (loss of normal brain functions), such as control of the bowels, and paraplegia (damage to the nerves in the lower trunk, including those supplying the intestines).

Treatment

Faecal incontinence can often be treated successfully.  If the underlying cause of faecal impaction is constipation, recurrence can be stopped by consuming a high-fibre diet.  Suppositories containing laxative drugs or glycerol can be recommended by allopathic practitioners but these drugs do have serious side effects and are highly addictive, your body begins to get used to the laxitives and the underlying disease remains.  Pelvic floor and anal sphincter injury can usually be surgically repaired.  Faecal incontinence in people with a nerve disorder or dementia can be avoided by consistent use of enemas.


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