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Management of Fecal Incontinence

Management of Fecal Incontinence

Fecal incontinence negatively affects quality of life and mental health and is associated with increased risk of nursing home placement. Nine percent of adult women experience episodes of fecal incontinence at least monthly. Even among women with both urinary and fecal incontinence presenting for urogynecologic care, the rate of verbal disclosure of fecal incontinence symptoms remains low.

HIP Investigator, Dr. Heidi Brown et al. provides an overview of the evaluation and management of fecal incontinence for the busy obstetrician–gynecologist, incorporating existing guidance from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Gastroenterology, and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

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