Fecal or bowel incontinence is a term that describes the inability to control wind or feces. In other words passing stool or gas at the wrong place and time.
It is a common condition especially in the elderly. Many patients feel too embarrassed to discuss the symptoms with a physician. Although it might not be life threatening, it causes a significant diminution in one’s quality of life.
It is the second most common cause of placement in a nursing home in the elderly.
There are many reasons to develop fecal incontinence some of them are related to increased intestinal propulsion