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Many otherwise healthy, active people suffer from bowel incontinence or involuntary leakage. Loss of bowel control (also called fecal incontinence) strikes people of all ages. It involves the leakage or loss of solid or liquid stool.
"It's difficult to imagine the devastating impact bowel incontinence can have on a person's life without experiencing it directly."
Leakage of intestinal gas without loss of stool may also impair a person's quality of life and call for treatment. The term 'anal incontinence' may be used to refer to involuntary loss of gas as well as solid or liquid stool.
Incontinence is a distressing and isolating condition. Many people find it hard to talk about.
Incontinence has a major impact on social and work related aspects of life.
Incontinence is not part of the normal aging process.
Incontinence crosses all age groups from children to older adults.
There are numerous causes for incontinence. Most importantly, there are ways to treat and manage the condition.
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