Future Perspectives in Management and Research of Fecal Incontinence
As a common denominator of all the clinical aspects treated in this book, there is the awareness of potential benefits derived from rational management of fecal incontinence (FI) and the need for further efforts to improve the effectiveness of traditional and new treatments. Indeed, although progress made in this field during the last few decades has been significant, the lack of detailed knowledge in the physiology of fecal continence far too frequently makes the application of therapeutic procedures empiric and pragmatic. Moreover, there are discrepancies between countries and regions in referring patients to centers dedicated to FI management. This causes different attitudes in performing a homogeneous diagnostic workup, in application of similar strict selection criteria to the variety of available treatments, and in reporting results of the applied therapies. Worldwide, national institutes for health inadequately support medical research on FI treatment, even though the social, economic, and clinical importance of FI to society has been very well recognized. On the other hand, research into FI is all too frequently sponsored only by companies with a commercial interest in the subject.
KeywordsFecal Incontinence Anal Sphincter Sacral Nerve Stimulation Sphincter Defect Endoanal Ultrasound
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