Fecal Incontinence

  • Dana Reiver SandsEmail author
  • Mari A. Madsen


  • Fecal incontinence is a socially devastating condition, affecting between 1.4 and 18 % of the population and up to 50 % of all nursing home residents.

  • It has been defined as “recurrent uncontrolled passage of fecal material for at least 1 month,” while partial incontinence is typically described as inability to control the passage of flatus and fecal soiling.

  • Populations at risk for fecal incontinence include: parous females, patients with cognitive impairment, neurologic disorders, and nursing home residents.

  • Fecal incontinence is the second leading reason for admission to nursing homes.

  • It is important to realize that fecal incontinence is not a diagnosis, but a symptom of which there are multiple causes.


Pelvic Floor Fecal Incontinence Anal Sphincter Anal Canal Rectal Prolapse 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Colorectal SurgeryDigestive Disease Center, Cleveland Clinic FloridaWestonUSA
  2. 2.Division of Colon and Rectal SurgeryCedars-Sinai Medical CenterWest HollywoodUSA

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