Epidemiology of Fecal Incontinence

  • Maria Helena Baena de Moraes Lopes
  • Juliana Neves da Costa
  • Vera Lúcia Conceição de Gouveia Santos
  • Jaqueline Betteloni Junqueira


This chapter will present an overview of the epidemiology of fecal incontinence in different populations and countries of the world. Findings are limited to studies published in the last 5 years (2012–2017). The majority of the studies were carried out with women and adults and in outpatient settings. Only one article was found that reported the prevalence of fecal incontinence in children, and the sample was a very specific subgroup, i.e., children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The prevalence data vary widely depending on the population studied and the setting. The variation in rates also reflects the different methodologies adopted for investigating the phenomenon, such as the theoretical and operational definition of the type of incontinence and data collection procedures, among other aspects.


Anal incontinence Fecal incontinence Epidemiology Incidence Prevalence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Helena Baena de Moraes Lopes
    • 1
  • Juliana Neves da Costa
    • 1
  • Vera Lúcia Conceição de Gouveia Santos
    • 2
  • Jaqueline Betteloni Junqueira
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of NursingUniversity of CampinasCampinasBrazil
  2. 2.School of Nursing of the University of São PauloSão PauloBrazil

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