What is neurogenic bowel?
Bowel dysfunction associated with neurogenic disorders such as spinal cord injuries, spina bifida and multiple sclerosis is commonly known as ‘neurogenic bowel.’ This video outlines the most typical symptoms.
Essentially, neurogenic bowel describes a lack of control which prevents the bowel from functioning correctly. It is caused by damage to the central nervous system and may result in bowel leakage, chronic constipation, or both.
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Two types of neurogenic bowel dysfunction
Reflex bowel is where the bowel opens on a reflex basis when the rectum becomes full. The bowel can empty at any given time because the person may have lost the ability to feel when the bowel is full. This can lead to bowel accidents and leakage.
Flaccid bowel is when the anal sphincter muscle – the muscle that normally keeps the anus closed – becomes relaxed and remains open. This often leads to accidental emptying of the bowel.
Neurogenic bowel also leads to a slow stool transit time, meaning people with neurogenic bowel also are at high risk of suffering from constipation.
If you have neurogenic bowel, then it’s important to find a reliable bowel management routine to avoid accidental emptying, constipation and impaction.
Managing your bowels with Peristeen®
Peristeen is an innovative anal irrigation system from Coloplast for people who experience fecal incontinence or chronic constipation. Using Peristeen minimizes the likelihood of involuntary bowel leakage.
Peristeen – A step by step guide for children from Coloplast UK on Vimeo.¹
How does it work?
Peristeen empties the bowel by introducing water into the bowel using a rectal catheter. It is performed while sitting on the toilet. The water is then emptied from the bowel, along with the stool, into the toilet. The lower part of the bowel is emptied so efficiently that most users only have to irrigate every other day.¹
Used routinely, Peristeen may help reduce the physical discomfort and mental worry of bowel leakage and constipation, making it easier to take part in social activities, go to work or travel.
The benefits of using Peristeen
• May help reduce bowel leakage and constipation for up to two days¹
• You decide when to empty your bowels
• You choose what time of day you want to irrigate, so it fits in with your lifestyle
• Improves quality of life¹
By minimizing the risk of bowel accidents, Peristeen minimizes the likelihood of skin irritations. It may also help reduce flatulence.¹
Learn more about Peristeen by contacting Coloplast Consumer Care.
¹ Christensen P, et al. gastroenterology 2006;131:738-747
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