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Anal Incontinence

  • M.-C. Marti
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Abstract

Fecal incontinence is a very distressing symptom which interferes severely with social life, especially in a rigidly toilet-trained society like ours. Data about the frequency of the problem are not well established, but the incidence seems greater than is generally realized [13, 62, 79]. Nelson et al. [88] report an incidence of 2.2% in the general population in the United States, whereas extensive investigations conducted in France by Denis et al. [31] report a prevalence of incontinence, including gas and stools, of 11% in the general population and of 33% in elderly persons living in retirement homes or hospitals.

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