Can impaction from long-term constipation cause fecal incontinence?

Anthony L. Komaroff, MD
Internal Medicine
If hard fecal matter becomes stuck in the rectum -- a situation called impaction -- liquid stool will eventually leak out around it. This type of fecal incontinence (unintended passage of stool) is called overflow incontinence. It can be confused with diarrhea, but antidiarrheal medications will only make the situation worse.

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