How do other illnesses affect fecal incontinence?

Any illness that causes diarrhea can make fecal incontinence worse, since liquid stool leaks from the rectum more easily. Conditions that can cause nerve damage, such as diabetes, may contribute to fecal incontinence. Alzheimer's disease can also cause fecal incontinence in its advanced stages, when a combination of dementia and nerve damage make holding in stool and getting to the toilet in time difficult.

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