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How does anal manometry help to diagnose fecal incontinence?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Anal manometry is one of the most common tests used in the diagnosis of fecal incontinence. For this procedure, your doctor will insert a tube-like device, called a manometer, into your rectum. The manometer has the ability to measure the strength of your rectum and sphincter muscles. This test can tell your doctor how well your rectum and sphincter are functioning, and whether you have lost muscle strength in these areas.

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