Oct 07, 2015 - 12:51 PM
Fecal incontinence is a common disorder in our aging population and can have profound effects on patient’s well-being. The prevalence is higher in patients older than 65 years of age (11% to 15.2%)
In general, fecal incontinence is defined as the continuous or recurrent uncontrolled passage of fecal material for at least one month in an older individual.
A general approach to treatment of patients with fecal incontinence is a thorough history and physical examination by ones doctor can provide important clues to the etiology of fecal incontinence.
IF the fecal incontinence is only nocturnal it could often imply an underlying bowel disorder. A careful inventory of dietary habits, medication review including herbal remedies could also lead the doctor in determining the possible cause and if any treatment is warranted.
Once ‘red flags’ have been ruled out and reversible causes of diarrhea excluded, many patients respond to empirical medical management. It is important to keep the skin as clean and dry as possible to avoid skin breakdown leading to possible infection.
Your local medical equipment supplier or pharmacy could also make some recommendations of other disposable products to try.