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Having bowel movement in sleep. What does this indicate?

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what does it mean when you have a bowel movement during sleep
Posted Sun, 29 Sep 2013 in Digestion and Bowels
 
 
Answered by Dr. Prasad 23 hours later
Brief Answer:
It can be normal...

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Bowel movements at night when you realize you are going to have bowel movement is normal. It can be abnormal and concerning if you are not able to control bowel movement, if you have involuntary bowel movement or if you have passed stool without your consciousness.

Let me know if you have any of the later concerning symptoms.

Hope this helps.

Regards
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Follow-up: Having bowel movement in sleep. What does this indicate? 6 hours later
It was a uncontrolled bowel movement
 
 
Answered by Dr. Prasad 15 hours later
Brief Answer:
Are you conscious when you pass stool...

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Bowel movement is normal physiological process. The time you pass stool doesn't concern clinical physicians as long as you are able to voluntarily control stool movements and you are conscious when you pass stool.

If you have a bowel movement involuntarily or you are not conscious and do not remember when you pass stool - they can be abnormal and need evaluation.
- Unable to voluntarily control stool indicates bowel incontinence (due to splincter weakness).
- If you are not conscious and do not remember when you passed stool, it indicates possibility of seizure.

Bowel movement where you are conscious and able to voluntarily control stool is normal.

Hope this helps. Write back for clarifications.

Regards
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