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Bowel incontinence: Introduction

Bowel incontinence: Loss of full control of the bowel. See detailed information below for a list of 2114 causes of Bowel incontinence, Symptom Checker, Assessment Questionnaire, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Causes of Bowel incontinence:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Bowel incontinence. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Bowel incontinence

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Causes of Types of Bowel incontinence:

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Bowel incontinence: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Bowel incontinence, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Bowel incontinence Treatments

Some of the possible treatments listed in sources for treatment of Bowel incontinence may include:

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Stories from Users for Bowel incontinence

Real-life user stories relating to Bowel incontinence:

Message Boards for Bowel incontinence

Symptom specific forums: The following patient stories in our interactive forums and message boards relate to Bowel incontinence or relevant symptoms:

Diagnostic tests for Bowel incontinence:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Bowel incontinence. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Inspect anal area for lesions (e.g. anal fissure, rectal prolapse, hemorrhoids or evidence of anal trauma)
    • Digital rectal examination to examine for a mass and to determine sphincter tone and competence. If sphincter tone is normal consider diarrhea or anorectal conditions. If sphincter tone is abnormal consider congenital abnormalities, neurological conditions, rectal prolapse or trauma to sphincter
    • May be asked to bear down while the examiner looks for a rectal prolapse
    • Cranial nerve examination
    • Examine the reflexes in the legs. If reflexes are under active may suggest a spinal cord tumor, trauma to the spinal cord, multiple sclerosis, meningioma (tumor of the covering membrane of the brain), transverse myelitis (inflammation of the entire thickness of the spinal cord) and syringomyelia (cavities in the spinal cord). If reflexes are over active may suggest tabes dorsalis (advanced form of syphilis affecting the nervous system), a cauda equina tumor, spinal cord stenosis
  • more tests...»

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Medications or substances causing Bowel incontinence:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Bowel incontinence as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Bowel incontinence: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Bowel incontinence may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Bowel incontinence

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Bowel incontinence. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist here.

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Bowel incontinence: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Bowel incontinence

Chronic digestive conditions often misdiagnosed: When diagnosing chronic symptoms of the digestive tract, there are a variety of conditions that may be misdiagnosed. The best known, irritable bowel syndrome, is over-diagnosed, more »

Intestinal bacteria disorder may be hidden cause: One of the lesser known causes of diarrhea is an imbalance of bacterial in the gut, sometimes called intestinal imbalance. The digestive system contains a variety of "good" bacteria that more »

Antibiotics often causes diarrhea: The use of antibiotics are very likely to cause some level of diarrhea in patients. The reason is that antibiotics kill off not only "bad" bacteria, but can also more »

Food poisoning may actually be an infectious disease: Many people who come down with "stomach symptoms" like diarrhea assume that it's "something I ate" (i.e. food poisoning). In fact, it's more likely to be an infectious diarrheal illness (i.e. more »

Alzheimer's disease over-diagnosed: The well-known disease of Alzheimer's disease is often over-diagnosed. Patients tend to assume that any memory loss or forgetulness symptom might be Alzheimer's, more »

Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for a patient to show mental decline to dementia. Whereas this can, of course, occur due to various medical conditions, such as a stroke or Alzheimer's disease, it can also occur more »

Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, it can be over-diagnosed (it can, of course, also fail to be diagnosed with fatal effect). One of more »

Tremor need not be Parkinson's disease: There is the tendency to believe that any tremor symptom, or shakiness, means Parkinson's disease. The reality is that there are various possibilities, such as more »

Rare diseases misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease: A rare genetic disorder is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease for men in their 50's. more »

Interstitial cystitis an under-diagnosed bladder condition: The medical condition of interstitial cystitic is a bladder condition that can be misdiagnosed as more »

Celiac disease often fails to be diagnosed cause of chronic digestive symptoms: One of the most common chronic digestive conditions is celiac disease, a malabsorption disorder with more »

Chronic digestive diseases hard to diagnose: There is an inherent difficulty in diagnosing the various types of chronic digestive diseases. Some of the better more »

Bowel incontinence: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Bowel incontinence

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Bowel incontinence: Related Rare Diseases

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Bowel incontinence: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Article Excerpts about Bowel incontinence

Fecal incontinence is the inability to control your bowels. When you feel... (Source: excerpt from Fecal Incontinence: NIDDK)

Organs affected by Bowel incontinence:

The list of organs typically affected by Bowel incontinence may include, but is not limited to:

  • Anal muscle
  • Anal nerves
  • Anus

Detailed list of causes of Bowel incontinence

The list below shows some of the causes of Bowel incontinence mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Bowel incontinence?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Bowel incontinence. Of the 2114 causes of Bowel incontinence that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 12 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 30 causes are "common" diseases
  • 15 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 5 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 58 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 2033 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Bowel incontinence:

The following list of conditions have 'Bowel incontinence' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Bowel incontinence:

The following list of medical conditions have Bowel incontinence or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.









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Causes of Bowel incontinence Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Bowel incontinence based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Bowel incontinence?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Bowel incontinence, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    Classifications of Bowel incontinence:

    Subtypes of Bowel incontinence:

    Diarrhea (2312 causes), Travellers diarrhoea (6 causes), Chronic diarrhea (66 causes), Persistent diarrhea (71 causes), Chronic diarrhoea (37 causes), Malabsorption diarrhoea (16 causes), Fecal urgency (11 causes), Loose stool (219 causes), Bloody diarrhea (75 causes), Severe diarrhea (26 causes), Watery stool (63 causes), Infectious diarrhea (7 causes), Acute diarrhoea (41 causes), Frequent stools (14 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Bowel incontinence:

    Bowel problems (2509 causes), Digestive symptoms (5299 causes), Abdominal symptoms (5930 causes), Stool symptoms (2508 causes), Defecation symptoms (2383 causes), Intestinal symptoms (5299 causes), Lower abdominal symptoms (3048 causes), Digestive system symptoms (5299 causes), Incontinence symptoms (331 causes), Bladder symptoms (1010 causes), Urinary problems (1033 causes), Urinary difficulty (648 causes), Urinary symptoms (1228 causes), Sexual symptoms (1838 causes), Intercourse symptoms (258 causes)

    Symptoms related to Bowel incontinence:

    Diarrhea (2312 causes), Constipation (726 causes), Incontinence (359 causes), Urinary incontinence (289 causes), Bowel pain, Rectal bleeding (324 causes), Rectal pain (27 causes), Travellers diarrhea (6 causes), Persistent diarrhea (71 causes), Chronic diarrhea (66 causes), Malabsorption diarrhea, Fecal urgency (11 causes), Loose stool (219 causes), Bloody diarrhea (75 causes)

    Medical articles on signs and symptoms:

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    Medical News summaries about Bowel incontinence

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    Evidence Based Medicine Research for Bowel incontinence

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