Anal Incontinence


Continence may be defined as the ability to retain solid or liquid stools and flatus not only in various positions but also during physical exercise, coughing, and sneezing. It is an acquired capacity to suppress the natural urge to defecate. Fecal incontinence is the inability to control feces and to expel it at a proper place and at a proper time. It is a very distressing symptom which interferes severely with social life. It is a socially and psychologically devastating condition for the family and the patients. In India, its exact prevalence is not known; however, in western population, the prevalence is reported to be as high as 2.2 % in the general population. According to one of the survey in the USA, 14 % of the adult patients visiting their primary physician had experienced fecal incontinence, and 10.5 % of them had restricted their activity due to the condition (Gupta 2007).


Fecal Incontinence Anal Sphincter Anal Canal Pelvic Floor Muscle Rectal Prolapse 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ProctologyGrant Medical CollegeMumbaiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Surgical GastroenterologySanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical SciencesLucknowIndia
  3. 3.Department of General SurgerySaifee HospitalMumbaiIndia

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