Causes of Fecal Incontinence

Fecal continence is maintained by the integrated action of the external and internal anal sphincters, the levator ani musculature, and by intact neural pathways. It depends on the consistency of the stool, the capacity of the rectum, the anorectal sampling reflex, and normal resting anal tone. If any of these mechanisms malfunction, incontinence may result.1 There are other numerous causes of fecal incontinence as outlined below.

Normal pelvic floor

• Diarrheal states (infectious diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, short gut syndrome, laxative abuse, radiation enteritis)

• Overflow (impaction, rectal tumor)

• Neurologic conditions (congenital anomalies, multiple sclerosis, dementia, strokes, neuropathy, injuries to brain, spinal cord)

Abnormal pelvic floor

• Congenital anorectal malformation

• Trauma (accidental injury, anorectal surgery, obstetric injury)

• Pelvic floor denervation (vaginal delivery, chronic straining at stool, rectal prolapse, descending perineum syndrome)

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