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How is fecal incontinence diagnosed and evaluated?
Fecal or bowel incontinence is an involuntary passing of waste or an inability to control the passage of waste material, or feces, from the body.
Additional tests may be ordered including:
This is a congenital condition — present at birth — in which normal bowel structures do not properly develop.
To determine the cause of fecal incontinence, your physician will perform a physical examination and ask you about your diet, prescriptions, and any over-the-counter medicines you are taking, including antacids and laxatives.
What is fecal incontinence?
During a normal bowel movement, the rectum, anus, pelvic muscles and nervous system must work together.
Dynamic pelvic floor magnetic resonance imaging MRI provides detailed pictures of the pelvic floor, a network of muscles that stretches between Open anus video pubic bone and spine, and the abdominal organs it supports.
Fecal incontinence can result if part of or the entire rectum wall slides out of place, sometimes protruding out of the anus a condition called rectal prolapse.