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Diseases » Fecal incontinence » Summary
 

What is Fecal incontinence?

What is Fecal incontinence?

  • Fecal incontinence: Leaking or poorly controlled bowel motions.

Fecal incontinence: Introduction

Types of Fecal incontinence:

Broader types of Fecal incontinence:

How many people get Fecal incontinence?

Prevalance of Fecal incontinence: 6.5 million Americans
Prevalance Rate of Fecal incontinence: approx 1 in 41 or 2.39% or 6.5 million people in USA [about data]
Prevalance of Fecal incontinence: More than 6.5 million Americans have fecal incontinence. (Source: excerpt from Fecal Incontinence: NIDDK)

Who gets Fecal incontinence?

Patient Profile for Fecal incontinence: Can affect any ages, children and adults; more common in older people

Profile for Fecal incontinence: It affects people of all ages--children as well as adults. Fecal incontinence is more common in women than in men and more common in older adults than in younger ones. It is not, however, a normal part of aging. (Source: excerpt from Fecal Incontinence: NIDDK)

Gender Profile for Fecal incontinence: More common in women

How serious is Fecal incontinence?

Complications of Fecal incontinence: see complications of Fecal incontinence

What causes Fecal incontinence?

Causes of Fecal incontinence: see causes of Fecal incontinence
Causes of Fecal incontinence: Fecal incontinence can have several causes:

  • damage to the anal sphincter muscles
  • damage to the nerves of the anal sphincter muscles or the rectum
  • loss of storage capacity in the rectum
  • diarrhea
  • pelvic floor dysfunction
(Source: excerpt from Fecal Incontinence: NIDDK)
Risk factors for Fecal incontinence: see risk factors for Fecal incontinence

What are the symptoms of Fecal incontinence?

Symptoms of Fecal incontinence: see symptoms of Fecal incontinence

Complications of Fecal incontinence: see complications of Fecal incontinence

Fecal incontinence: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Fecal incontinence.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Fecal incontinence.

How is it treated?

Treatments for Fecal incontinence: see treatments for Fecal incontinence
Research for Fecal incontinence: see research for Fecal incontinence

Society issues for Fecal incontinence


Hospitalization statistics for Fecal incontinence: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Fecal incontinence:

  • 0.016% (2,051) of hospital consultant episodes were for faecal incontinence in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 96% of hospital consultant episodes for faecal incontinence required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 29% of hospital consultant episodes for faecal incontinence were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 71% of hospital consultant episodes for faecal incontinence were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 9% of hospital consultant episodes for faecal incontinence required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 7.5 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for faecal incontinence in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 4 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for faecal incontinence in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Organs Affected by Fecal incontinence:

Organs and body systems related to Fecal incontinence include:

Name and Aliases of Fecal incontinence

Main name of condition: Fecal incontinence

Other names or spellings for Fecal incontinence:

bowel incontinence

Fecal incontinence: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Fecal incontinence:

 

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