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Encopresis or fecal incontinence is when one passed the age of toilet training frequently passes stool into their clothing. Encopresis is typically diagnosed as a medical condition in individuals past the age of four years old. Encopresis typically occurs when the colon becomes too full and liquid stool leaks around the retained stool, staining underwear.
When left untreated, repeated stool retention can cause loss of control over bowel movements.
Encopresis is most often caused by waiting too long to empty the bowel. There are two main causes of encopresis or fecal incontinence.
Risk factors for encopresis include:
The symptoms and signs of encopresis could include:
In general, the earlier a person begins treatment, the better.
Many treatment options focus on the clearing of the bowel and prevention of constipation. The main treatments for encopresis or fecal incontinence include:
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