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Bowel incontinence

Uncontrollable passage of feces; Loss of bowel control; Fecal incontinence; Incontinence - bowel

Bowel incontinence is the loss of bowel control, causing you to pass stool unexpectedly. This can range from sometimes leaking a small amount of stool and passing gas, to not being able to control bowel movements. Urinary incontinence is when you are not able to control passing urine. It is not covered in this article.

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  • Small bowel obstruction - x-ray

    Small bowel obstruction - x-ray

    X-rays of the abdomen are important in diagnosing the presence of small bowel obstruction. When obstruction occurs, both fluid and gas collect in the intestine. They produce a characteristic pattern called "air-fluid levels". The air rises above the fluid and there is a flat surface at the "air-fluid" interface.

    Small bowel obstruction - x-ray

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  • Inflammatory bowel disease

    Inflammatory bowel disease

    Crohn disease, also called regional enteritis, is a chronic inflammation of the intestines which is usually confined to the terminal portion of the small intestine, the ileum. Ulcerative colitis is a similar inflammation of the colon, or large intestine. These and other IBDs (inflammatory bowel disease) have been linked with an increased risk of colorectal cancer.

    Inflammatory bowel disease

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  • Small intestine tissue sample

    Small intestine tissue sample

    A sample of small intestine is obtained by the use of a flexible scope that is passed through the digestive tract to the small intestine. In the small intestine, a small sample is removed and placed on a microscope slide. The sample is stained and sectioned (sliced) for histological (tissue) examination. The test is performed to diagnose an infection or parasitic infestation of the small bowel.

    Small intestine tissue sample

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  • Small intestine biopsy

    Small intestine biopsy

    Small bowel biopsy is a diagnostic procedure in which a portion of the small bowel lining is removed for examination. A flexible fiberoptic or video tube (endoscope) is inserted through your mouth or nose and into the upper gastrointestinal tract where a tissue sample is removed. This test is most often performed to help diagnose diseases of the small intestines.

    Small intestine biopsy

    illustration

  • Small intestine contrast injection

    Small intestine contrast injection

    Enteroclysis is a test performed to examine the small bowel. A tube is placed down the nose and throat, through the stomach into the small intestine. When in place, contrast dye is introduced and x-ray images are viewed on a fluoroscopic monitor to visualize how the contrast moves through the bowel structures. The enteroclysis test is the most complete means of demonstrating whether or not the small intestine is normal when abnormality is suspected.

    Small intestine contrast injection

    illustration

  • Colostomy  - Series

    Colostomy - Series

    Presentation

  • Colostomy  - series

    Colostomy - series

    Presentation

  • Small bowel resection  - series

    Small bowel resection - series

    Presentation

  • Inflammatory bowel disease  - series

    Inflammatory bowel disease - series

    Presentation

    • Small bowel obstruction - x-ray

      Small bowel obstruction - x-ray

      X-rays of the abdomen are important in diagnosing the presence of small bowel obstruction. When obstruction occurs, both fluid and gas collect in the intestine. They produce a characteristic pattern called "air-fluid levels". The air rises above the fluid and there is a flat surface at the "air-fluid" interface.

      Small bowel obstruction - x-ray

      illustration

    • Inflammatory bowel disease

      Inflammatory bowel disease

      Crohn disease, also called regional enteritis, is a chronic inflammation of the intestines which is usually confined to the terminal portion of the small intestine, the ileum. Ulcerative colitis is a similar inflammation of the colon, or large intestine. These and other IBDs (inflammatory bowel disease) have been linked with an increased risk of colorectal cancer.

      Inflammatory bowel disease

      illustration

    • Small intestine tissue sample

      Small intestine tissue sample

      A sample of small intestine is obtained by the use of a flexible scope that is passed through the digestive tract to the small intestine. In the small intestine, a small sample is removed and placed on a microscope slide. The sample is stained and sectioned (sliced) for histological (tissue) examination. The test is performed to diagnose an infection or parasitic infestation of the small bowel.

      Small intestine tissue sample

      illustration

    • Small intestine biopsy

      Small intestine biopsy

      Small bowel biopsy is a diagnostic procedure in which a portion of the small bowel lining is removed for examination. A flexible fiberoptic or video tube (endoscope) is inserted through your mouth or nose and into the upper gastrointestinal tract where a tissue sample is removed. This test is most often performed to help diagnose diseases of the small intestines.

      Small intestine biopsy

      illustration

    • Small intestine contrast injection

      Small intestine contrast injection

      Enteroclysis is a test performed to examine the small bowel. A tube is placed down the nose and throat, through the stomach into the small intestine. When in place, contrast dye is introduced and x-ray images are viewed on a fluoroscopic monitor to visualize how the contrast moves through the bowel structures. The enteroclysis test is the most complete means of demonstrating whether or not the small intestine is normal when abnormality is suspected.

      Small intestine contrast injection

      illustration

    • Colostomy  - Series

      Colostomy - Series

      Presentation

    • Colostomy  - series

      Colostomy - series

      Presentation

    • Small bowel resection  - series

      Small bowel resection - series

      Presentation

    • Inflammatory bowel disease  - series

      Inflammatory bowel disease - series

      Presentation

    Bowel incontinence

    Uncontrollable passage of feces; Loss of bowel control; Fecal incontinence; Incontinence - bowel

    Bowel incontinence is the loss of bowel control, causing you to pass stool unexpectedly. This can range from sometimes leaking a small amount of stool and passing gas, to not being able to control bowel movements. Urinary incontinence is when you are not able to control passing urine. It is not covered in this article.

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    Bowel incontinence

    Uncontrollable passage of feces; Loss of bowel control; Fecal incontinence; Incontinence - bowel

    Bowel incontinence is the loss of bowel control, causing you to pass stool unexpectedly. This can range from sometimes leaking a small amount of stool and passing gas, to not being able to control bowel movements. Urinary incontinence is when you are not able to control passing urine. It is not covered in this article.

    Read Full Article

     

    Review Date: 10/25/2018

    Reviewed By: Michael M. Phillips, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine, The George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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