Behavioral Treatment of Fecal Incontinence

  • Bernard T. Engel
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 19)


Fecal incontinence is said to occur when there is evidence of soiling or staining on the clothing. Soiling means the presence of stool on the garment, staining means discoloration. Although fecal incontinence is normal in very young children, regular soiling beyond the age of four years usually is pathognomonic. It is important to recognize that incontinence is a physical sign, and that there are a number of clinical states which can include incontinence as one of the presenting features. Table 1 is a list of some of the disorders which can include incontinence as one of their sequelae.


Fecal Incontinence Anal Sphincter Spina Bifida Operant Conditioning Discrimination Training 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernard T. Engel
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  1. 1.Baltimore City HospitalBaltimoreUSA

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