The etiology, assessment, and treatment of fecal incontinence

Christopher N. Andrews, Adil E. Bharucha

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Abstract

Fecal incontinence is a common symptom that often impairs quality of life. It is generally caused by a variety of conditions that are associated with anorectal sensorimotor dysfunction and/or diarrhea. Assessment should be tailored to age and symptom severity. Modulation of disordered bowel habits is the key to management; biofeedback and surgery might also be beneficial.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)516-525
Number of pages10
JournalNature Clinical Practice Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Volume2
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2005

Keywords

  • Anal sphincter
  • Biofeedback
  • Bulking agents
  • Diagnosis
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology

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