What Is Sphincter Atonia?

The anal restraint is ensured by the two sphincters: internal and external. If the muscles are weakened and they can no longer ensure an efficient closing, this is called sphincter atonia, of various causes:

  • multiple pregnancies,
  • chronic constipation,
  • a history of surgeries, etc.

What Are The Symptoms of Sphincter Atonia

In less severe cases – gas retention difficulties – the incontinence may subsequently occur in solid stools or even become permanents.

How Is Sphincter Atonia Treated?

If the sphincter muscle is not completely dysfunctional, daily pelvic floor muscle contraction exercises, electrostimulation, may help. In severe cases, surgical intervention is required.