Fecal Incontinence

bowel incontinence

A common problem, especially in older people, is bowel incontinence or leaking of fecal matter. Individuals suffering from this condition may fear embarrassment and even avoid activities. Unless specifically asked about it, many people are reluctant to talk about this issue, even with their doctor.

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by Cathy Milne APRN, MSN, BC-ANP/CS, CWOCN

I'm probably going to sound like Andy Rooney, the recently deceased colorful commentator from 60 Minutes. With all due respect, I will borrow from his opening lines, "Did you ever wonder why..."

Did you ever wonder why we, as a society, never talk about fecal incontinence? Yes, that's right – poop. I had planned to discuss fiber supplements. My plans went awry when USA Today (August 18th, 2012) had a front page spread that spilled onto the Page 3 about Clostridium difficile (C-diff) infection causing more than 30,000 deaths annually in the United States. I have to talk poop.

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