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.
KeywordsPelvic Floor Fecal Incontinence Anal Sphincter Anal Canal Rectal Prolapse
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