What are the risk factors for fecal incontinence?

Childbirth, especially using forceps, episiotomies, and delivering larger weight babies may damage nerves or muscles in the anorectal region. Chronic constipation or diarrhea, stroke, diabetes or multiple sclerosis may also affect nerves and/or muscles that control anal sphincter function.

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How does fecal incontinence affect the body?
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Fecal incontinence can irritate and damage the skin around the anus. The skin of the anus is delicat...
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What causes bowel incontinence?
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The anal sphincter muscles are two muscles at the end of the rectum called the internal and external...
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What causes anal sphincter damage?
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In women, the most common cause of sphincter injury is vaginal childbirth. The risk is increased...
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How can nerve damage cause fecal incontinence?
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If nerves controlling the anal sphincters malfunction, proper muscle action is impaired, and fec...
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