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Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Gastroent Hepatol 2013; 67(3): 207-211.

Faecal incontinence

Šárka Malá  1, Marcela Pipková  1, Jan Šťovíček  2, Radan Keil  2, Milan Kvapil  1

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Faecal incontinence is a serious condition that significantly reduces the quality of life. Up to 15% of the population suffer from this disease. A detailed history and physical examination are essential parts of the diagnostic process. Currently, there are a number of methods such as anorectal manometry and anal endosonography that help reveal the causal mechanism of the faecal incontinence. The therapy is aimed at treating the primary cause. Pelvic floor physiotherapy is safe and effective method of treatment. Patients who suffer from diarrhea with a ruled out organic cause can benefit from antidiarrheal medication. For elderly patients with a history of faecal impaction, proper hygiene, exercise and regular complete bowel emptying are important.


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