Fecal incontinence (FI) is a socially and emotionally devastating disorder. The prevalence of FI among institutionalized persons reaches 45 %. Prevalence rates are similar between men and women, 7.7 % and 8.9 %, respectively, and increase with age, reaching 15.3 % in those 70 years of age or older. Due to social perception, many patients do not seek treatment, which likely leads to an underestimation of prevalence. Thirty-six percent of primary care patients reported episodes of FI but only 2.7 % of these patients had a documented diagnosis. Healthcare costs are 55 % higher in FI than continent patients, amounting to an estimated $11 billion annually. Most patients achieve significant improvement in symptoms through proper treatment. Early diagnosis may prevent complications that reduce quality of life.
KeywordsObesity Glycerin Depression Manifold Diarrhea
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