Fecal Incontinence

  • Karen L. Noblett
  • Jessica Hammett


Fecal incontinence is characterized by the involuntary loss of liquid and/or solid stool, while anal incontinence also includes the involuntary loss of flatus [1]. The prevalence of fecal incontinence is estimated to impact 2–21 % of people depending on the population studied and the criteria used to define incontinence [2–5]. Fecal incontinence is a debilitating disorder that significantly impacts quality of life and is believed to be a frequent cause of admission to nursing homes, with up to 50 % of nursing home residents suffering from fecal incontinence [6, 7].


Pelvic Floor Fecal Incontinence Anal Sphincter External Anal Sphincter Internal Anal Sphincter 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynaecologyUC Riverside School of Medicine, University of CaliforniaOaklandUSA
  2. 2.Division of Urogynecology, Department of Obstetrics and GynaecologyUniversity of CaliforniaOrangeUSA

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