Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Stool Incontinence Overview

What is the significance of stool incontinence?
A person with stool incontinence has lost bowel control. A loss of bowel control may be triggered a seizure, head injury, stroke, or a sudden drop in blood pressure. Stool incontinence may be a chronic problem in patients with severe dementia or spinal cord injury.

What symptoms can accompany stool incontinence?
Symptoms that can accompany stool incontinence include a sudden loss of consciousness, confusion, urine incontinence, tongue biting, and involuntary shaking of the extremities.

How does the doctor treat stool incontinence?
Treatment for stool incontinence involves treating the underlying seizure or other neurological event that triggered the loss of bowel control.

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