Having a leaky anus can be an embarrassing condition whereby a person passes some stool or anal discharge unexpectedly or uncontrollably. The most common reasons for anal leakage are diarrhea or constipation, in which case the leakage will usually stop when your digestive system gets back to normal. However, leakage from the anus can also happen if you have hemorrhoids , damaged rectal muscles, or nerve damage. In these cases, the leaky anus could be a chronic condition that requires proper medical care and management.
Fecal incontinence - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic
Fecal incontinence is the inability to control bowel movements, causing stool feces to leak unexpectedly from the rectum. Also called bowel incontinence, fecal incontinence ranges from an occasional leakage of stool while passing gas to a complete loss of bowel control. Common causes of fecal incontinence include diarrhea, constipation, and muscle or nerve damage. The muscle or nerve damage may be associated with aging or with giving birth. Whatever the cause, fecal incontinence can be embarrassing. But don't shy away from talking to your doctor. Treatments can improve fecal incontinence and your quality of life.
There are many causes and therefore a variety of treatments for fecal incontinence. Most adults will not ever experience leaky anus and if they do it would only be during a severe bout of diarrhea. Fecal incontinence is not a diagnosis but a symptom of underlying processes or another diagnosis. In this article, you will learn about the anatomy of the anus as well as possible causes and treatments for fecal incontinence or leaky anus.
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