Fecal Incontinence

Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Carlo Ratto
  • Giovanni B. Doglietto
  • Ann C. Lowry
  • Lars Påhlman
  • Giovanni Romano

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXI
  2. Structure and Function in Continence and Incontinence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Adil E. Bharucha, Roberta E. Blandon, Peter J. Lunniss, S. Mark Scott
      Pages 3-16
    3. Alexandra K. Macmillan, Arend E. H. Merrie
      Pages 17-33
    4. Luigi Zorcolo, David C. C. Bartolo, Anne-Marie Leroi
      Pages 35-41
    5. S. Mark Scott, Peter J. Lunniss
      Pages 43-66
    6. Julian M. Stern
      Pages 67-71
    7. Carlo Ratto, Patrizia Ponzi, Francesca Di Stasi, Angelo Parello, Lorenza Donisi, Giovanni B. Doglietto
      Pages 79-85
  3. Diagnosis of Fecal Incontinence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Hector Ortiz, Mario De Miguel, Miguel A. Ciga
      Pages 89-93
    3. Satish S. Rao, Junaid Siddiqui
      Pages 95-105
    4. Richelle J. F. Felt-Bersma
      Pages 107-118
    5. Andrea Maier, Tracy L. Hull, Giulio A. Santoro
      Pages 119-133
    6. Carlo Ratto, Angelo Parello, Lorenza Donisi, Francesco Litta, Giovanni B. Doglietto, Scott R. Steele et al.
      Pages 135-150
  4. Treatment of Fecal Incontinence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Carlo Ratto, Angelo Parello, Lorenza Donisi, Francesco Litta, Giovanni B. Doglietto
      Pages 153-161
    3. Carlo Ratto, Angelo Parello, Lorenza Donisi, Francesco Litta, Giovanni B. Doglietto
      Pages 163-165
    4. Filippo Pucciani
      Pages 167-170
    5. James W. Ogilvie Jr., Robert D. Madoff, Donato F. Altomare
      Pages 171-177

About this book


Fecal incontinence is a frequent, distressing condition that has a devastating impact on patients’ lives. However, patients are typically embarrassed and reluctant to acknowledge this disability, so they relinquish the possibility of being cured and remain socially isolated. Since fecal incontinence may result from various pathophysiological situations, an accurate diagnostic work-up of each patient is fundamental. Today, a wide range of therapeutic options is available, but making the correct choice is pivotal to the successful management of this condition. This book is aimed at all physicians involved in the assessment and treatment of fecal incontinence. Its main purpose is to review the latest advances in the epidemiologic, socio-economic, psychologic, diagnostic, and therapeutic aspects of fecal incontinence, in order to establish guidelines for effective treatment.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Carlo Ratto
    • 1
  • Giovanni B. Doglietto
    • 1
  • Ann C. Lowry
  • Lars Påhlman
  • Giovanni Romano
  1. 1.Department of Surgical Sciences Division of Digestive SurgeryCatholic UniversityRomeItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-88-470-0638-6
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Italia 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Milano
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-88-470-0637-9
  • Online ISBN 978-88-470-0638-6
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