Current Obstetrics and Gynecology Reports

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 155–164

An Evidence-Based Approach to the Evaluation, Diagnostic Assessment, and Treatment of Fecal Incontinence in Women

Pelvic Organ Prolapse (KL Noblett, Section Editor)


Fecal incontinence (FI) is a debilitating disorder that negatively impacts quality of life. The etiology often is multifactorial and although most women with FI are able to be treated, many remain untreated because a significant proportion of women do not report their symptoms and seek care. The evaluation and treatment of FI also can be hindered by a lack of understanding of the mechanisms and current options. This article provides a review of the evidence-based evaluation and management for FI.


Fecal incontinence Anal incontinence Defecatory disorders Accidental bowel leakage 


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  1. 1.Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA

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