Shedding light on faecal incontinence

Faecal incontinence affects at least 10% of the Australian population, according to colorectal specialists who say the condition needs more attention at the primary healthcare level.

Defined as leakage of solid or liquid stool at least once a month, their research shows sufferers are also likely to have irritable bowel syndrome and urinary incontinence.

Previous anal surgery - for anal fissure, anal fistula or haemorrhoids - increases the risk of faecal incontinence (FI) almost four-fold, say