Several tests are used to determine the cause of fecal incontinence. The first step is a digital rectal exam in which the doctor inserts a gloved finger into the rectum. The doctor feels for abnormal anatomy or impacted stool. Impacted stool is a mass of hard, dry feces that becomes lodged in the bowel. Liquid material can leak out around it.
Nerve damage that could affect rectal reflexes can be identified with the "wink" test, in which the doctor touches the anus to see if it...Read more
A few weeks ago the National Institutes of Health (NIH) held their much-anticipated State-Of-The-Science Conference on the Prevention of... Read more »
Fecal incontinence affects many people who have Alzheimer's disease. It can occur at any stage of Alzheimer's disease, but is more common... Read more »