Anal incontinence, also known as fecal incontinence, is an inability to control bowel movements. The person’s stools (feces) leak from the rectum uncontrollably. Anal incontinence can vary in severity from passing a small amount of feces when breaking wind, to total loss of bowel control.
Anal incontinence is a sign or symptom of a condition or disease; it is not a condition or disease in itself. Generally, anal incontinence is not life-threatening and does not impact negatively on the patient’s health. However, the sufferer’s quality of life, emotional and mental health, as well as self-esteem can be affected.
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