The bladder and bowel are neighbours in the body and share innervation. Shared innervation means that the nerves travel together. This may be one reason why we commonly see an overlap in symptom profiles in lower urinary tract and colonic disorders.
Bowel dysfunction is a common condition. A wide spectrum of symptoms is involved, such as chronic constipation and fecal incontinence (FI) among others. A recent study in a Dutch population showed that prevalence of FI is as high as 7.9% in the general population.
Few things are as embarrassing as having a bowel accident. Yet this is the everyday reality for a lot of people. Fecal incontinence, i.e. involuntary loss of liquid and solid stool, mucus or wind, is a very distressing condition which significantly reduces quality of life.
Transanal irrigation has often been proven effective as a bowel management therapy for people with neurogenic bowel disorder. Neurogenic bowel disorder may occur in indications such as multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, spina bifida and Parkinson's disease.