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Dealing with faecal incontinence

Virginia Gill

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Abstract

Faecal incontinence can severely impact on the quality of life of sufferers. This article covers the different types of treatments, including physiotherapy techniques, to help control faecal incontinence.

Article Extract

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  • Faecal incontinence refers to the involuntary loss of liquid or solid stool or gas. It has significant medical, social and economic implications, impacting severely on the quality of life of sufferers and their carers.
  • The estimated prevalence of faecal incontinence is poorly researched and estimates vary from 0.5 to 20.7%. The prevalence increases with age, affecting up to 50% of nursing home populations. Women with both urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse are at an increased risk of developing the condition. Poor general health and limited physical exercise are associated factors.

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