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What is fecal incontinence?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Fecal incontinence is a lack of control over bowel movements. It causes stool to leak from the rectum. Fecal incontinence may result in only small amounts of stool leakage, or it could amount to total loss of control over the bowels.

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