Document Download: Chapter 3: Constipation and fecal incontinence


The distal colon, rectum and anus together serve to store and eliminate feces. In neurological disease either of these functions may be affected independently causing constipation, fecal incontinence or a combination of both problems. Constipation is a decreased frequency of bowel actions (less than one every 3 days) that may also be associated with excessive straining during the passage of stool. Fecal incontinence is the involuntary or inappropriate passage of stool; the term ‘‘anal incontinence” includes incontinence of flatus also.

Published: 4 Dec 2007



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