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Bowel incontinence 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 by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had the problem of bowel incontinence?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Is the stool volume small or large?

    Why: a small volume would suggest an anal fissure, hemorrhoids, diarrhea, post-operative incontinence after a removal of a fistula or other surgery in the rectal area.

  3. Is the incontinence for solids, liquids or gas?
  4. Is the bowel incontinence intermittent or constant?

    Why: intermittent bowel incontinence may suggest epilepsy or delirium.

  5. Are you aware of the bowel incontinence while it is occurring or only after the event?

    Why: if aware only after the event it suggests an associated sensory loss e.g. cauda equina lesion.

  6. Past history of any anal surgery?

    Why: e.g. for fistula repair - anal surgery may not present with incontinence immediately after the surgery but may occur years after.

  7. Obstetric history?

    Why: especially history of a prolonged difficult vaginal delivery, unsatisfactory repair of episiotomy or third degree tear. May not present with incontinence immediately after but may occur years after.

  8. Sexual history?

    Why: to determine risk of syphilis and also to determine risk of sphincter trauma e.g. anal sex or sexual assault.

  9. Diarrhea, either acute or chronic?

    Why: may be cause of bowel incontinence.

  10. Rectal discharge of mucous?

    Why: may suggest anal ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, rectal prolapse, hemorrhoids.

  11. Bloody stool or rectal bleeding?

    Why: may suggest rectal cancer, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids and anal fissure.

  12. Urgency?

    Why: may suggest diarrhea (most common) or rectal cancer or proctitis (inflammation of the rectum).

  13. Anal lump?

    Why: may indicate rectal prolapse or hemorrhoids.

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.


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