Fecal Incontinence

  • Dana R. Sands
  • Mari A. Madsen


Fecal incontinence is a socially devastating condition, affecting between 1.4 and 18% of the population and up to 50% of all nursing home residents.1,2 It has been defined as “recurrent uncontrolled passage of fecal material for at least 1 month,”3 while partial incontinence is typically described as inability to control the passage of flatus and fecal soiling.



This chapter was written by Cornelius Baeten and Hans Kuijpers in the previous version of this textbook.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dana R. Sands
    • 1
  • Mari A. Madsen
    • 2
  1. 1.Colorectal Physiology Center, Staff Surgeon, Department of Colorectal SurgeryCleveland Clinic FloridaWestonUSA
  2. 2.Division of Colon and Rectal SurgeryCedars-Sinai Medical CenterWest HollywoodUSA

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