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Accidental Bowel Leakage

Causes of fecal incontinence

Some things can make accidental bowel leakage (also known as fecal incontinence) more likely. Common causes include

  • Poor diet
  • Frequent diarrhea or constipation
  • Weakening of anal sphincter muscles
  • Damage to the rectum or surrounding nerves
    • This can happen to women during childbirth
  • Damage to the rectal walls
    • This can be caused by surgery or injury

Read more about the diagnosis of, and treatment options for, fecal incontinence.

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