Have a symptom?
See what questions
a doctor would ask.
Symptoms » Fecal incontinence

Fecal incontinence

Fecal incontinence: Introduction

Fecal incontinence: The loss of control of a persons bowel motions. See detailed information below for a list of 135 causes of Fecal incontinence, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

» Review Causes of Fecal incontinence: Causes

Causes of Fecal incontinence:

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

» Review Causes of Fecal incontinence: Causes

Home Diagnostic Testing and Fecal incontinence

Home medical tests possibly related to Fecal incontinence:

Causes of Types of Fecal incontinence:

Review the causes of these more specific types of Fecal incontinence:

Review causes of types of Fecal incontinence in more specific categories:

Fecal incontinence Treatments

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

Review further information on Fecal incontinence Treatments.

Stories from Users for Fecal incontinence

Real-life user stories relating to Fecal incontinence:

Fecal incontinence: Animations

Causes of General Symptom Types

Research the causes of these more general types of symptom:

Research the causes of related medical symptoms such as:

Causes of Similar Symptoms to Fecal incontinence

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

Fecal incontinence: Deaths

Read more about causes and Fecal incontinence deaths.

Misdiagnosis and Fecal incontinence

Diarrhea can be related to food substitute: The food ingredient, Sorbitol, is often used as a sweetener in diet products. In some people, more »

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, whereas other causes that are 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 aid digestion, 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 kill the 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 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, whereas there are many other 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 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 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 benign essential tremor, 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. The disease more »

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

Fecal incontinence: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

Other ways to find a doctor, or use doctor, physician and specialist online research services:

Hospitals & Clinics: Fecal incontinence

Research extensive quality ratings and patient safety measures for hospitals, clinics and medical facilities in health specialties related to Fecal incontinence:

Fecal incontinence: Related Rare Diseases

Rare types of medical conditions and diseases in related medical categories:

Fecal incontinence: Undiagnosed Conditions

Conditions that are commonly undiagnosed in related areas may include:

Article Excerpts about Fecal incontinence

Fecal incontinence is the inability to control your bowels. When you feel the urge to have a bowel movement, you may not be able to hold it until you can get to a toilet. Or stool may leak from the rectum unexpectedly. (Source: excerpt from Fecal Incontinence: NIDDK)

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

Definitions of Fecal incontinence:

Failure of control of the anal sphincters, with involuntary passage of feces and flatus; it may be either psychogenic or organic in origin.
- (Source - CRISP)

Detailed list of causes of Fecal incontinence

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

How Common are these Causes of Fecal 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 Fecal incontinence. Of the 135 causes of Fecal incontinence that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 3 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 8 causes are "common" diseases
  • 5 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 7 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 125 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Fecal incontinence:

The following list of conditions have 'Fecal 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.

Select from the following alphabetical view of conditions which include a symptom of Fecal incontinence or choose View All.

View All A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V












Conditions listing medical complications: Fecal incontinence:

The following list of medical conditions have Fecal 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.



Join in at the forums

Ask or answer a question about symptoms or diseases at one of our free interactive user forums.

Medical story forums: If you have a medical story then we want to hear it.

See a list of all the medical forums

Causes of Fecal incontinence Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Fecal 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?

    Classifications of Fecal incontinence:

    Subtypes of Fecal incontinence:

    Urge to defecate (10 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Fecal incontinence:

    Incontinence (359 causes), Bowel problems (2509 causes), Abdominal symptoms (5930 causes), Incontinence symptoms (331 causes), Stool symptoms (2508 causes), Defecation symptoms (2383 causes), Intestinal symptoms (5299 causes), Lower abdominal symptoms (3048 causes), Digestive system symptoms (5299 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 Fecal incontinence:

    Constipation (726 causes), Bowel obstruction (72 causes), Stool symptoms (2508 causes), Chronic diarrhea (66 causes), Irritable bowel syndrome (26 causes), Proctitis (21 causes), Haemorrhoid or anal skin tags, Sphincter damage, Neurologic, Fecal impaction (17 causes), Infection (1293 causes)

    Medical articles on signs and symptoms:

    Doctor-patient articles related to symptoms and diagnosis:

    These general medical articles may be of interest:

    Medical News summaries about Fecal incontinence

    Our news pages contain the following medical news summaries about Fecal incontinence and many other medical conditions:

    Evidence Based Medicine Research for Fecal incontinence

    Medical research papers related to Fecal incontinence include:

    Research More Evidence-Based Medicine at

    Related medical articles from our Disease Center for Fecal incontinence:

    More Ways To Research Medical Signs and Symptoms:


    By using this site you agree to our Terms of Use. Information provided on this site is for informational purposes only; it is not intended as a substitute for advice from your own medical team. The information on this site is not to be used for diagnosing or treating any health concerns you may have - please contact your physician or health care professional for all your medical needs. Please see our Terms of Use.

    Home | Symptoms | Diseases | Diagnosis | Videos | Tools | Forum | About Us | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Advertise