With increasing age, fecal incontinence affects men and women similarly and is the second leading cause of nursing home admission for the elderly. Symptoms of fecal incontinence include an inability to control the passage of gas, liquid or solid.
Causes and Risk Factors
Fecal incontinence can occur from:
- Congenital conditions such as spina bifida
- Injury to the pelvic floor muscles due to vaginal delivery or anal surgery
- Muscle tone change due to the normal aging process
- Nerve damage due to vaginal delivery or surgery
- Neurologic disease (altered nerve function) such as multiple sclerosis, stroke or diabetes