Faecal incontinence

Faecal incontinence

What is faecal incontinence?

This is an inability to retain faeces on the rectum.

What causes faecal incontinence?

How is faecal incontinence treated?

If the underlying cause is constipation, a high fibre diet may resolve the problem. Suppositories (a solid, cone or bullet-shaped object that is inserted into the rectum) containing glycerol or laxatives may be recommended.

If the incontinence is caused by dementia or a nerve disorder, regular suppositories or enemas (fluid is passed into the rectum through a tube inserted into the anus) may be used to empty the rectum.