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Fecal incontinence - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic
Although you may be embarrassed to talk about anal leakage, it is a serious problem that should be discussed. Anal leakage, also known as fecal incontinence, is when feces or stool are expelled from the body without purpose and can even occur suddenly without warning. Normally, when we feel the urge to pass a bowel movement, we go to the toilet and release stool. When we cannot control this, accidents take place where the feces end up coming out before we reach the toilet.
Treatment of Fecal Incontinence
Accidental bowel leakage is loss of normal control of your bowels. It also is called fecal incontinence. This condition leads to leakage of solid or liquid stool feces or gas.
Fecal incontinence is the inability to control bowel movements, causing stool feces to leak unexpectedly from the rectum. Also called bowel incontinence, fecal incontinence ranges from an occasional leakage of stool while passing gas to a complete loss of bowel control. Common causes of fecal incontinence include diarrhea, constipation, and muscle or nerve damage.