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Topic: Incontinence

  1. Fact Sheet: Medical Management of Fecal Incontinence

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    By: Ann C. Lowry, MD, FACS

    The cause as well as the severity of incontinence determines its treatment. Some people have a problem that can be corrected with surgery. However, many do not. For those who do not have surgery, medical management is the initial treatment. Revised and updated 2009.

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  2. Fact Sheet: Research Priorities for Fecal Incontinence: The Patient's Perspective

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    By: Nancy J. Norton, President, IFFGD

    Incontinence is a disorder that affects men and women of all ages, often with devastating personal and societal consequences. It can lead to social isolation, loss of employment, and institutionalization. The economic impact has been estimated at $16 to $26 billion annually in the U.S. Fecal incontinence is estimated to affect 2%-7% of adults while urinary incontinence occurs in a third of adults and is severe enough to interfere with the quality of life and work in 6%. In the IFFGD survey, IBS in the Real World, 25% of respondents with IBS reported loss of bowel control.

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  3. Fact Sheet: Managing Bowel Incontinence: Dietary Measures

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    By: Information Adapted from the National Diseases Information Clearinghouse NIH

    Treatment of fecal incontinence depends on the cause and severity; it may include dietary changes, medication, bowel training, or surgery. More than one treatment may be necessary for successful control since continence is a complicated chain of events. Revised and updated by IFFGD, 2013.

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  4. Fact Sheet: Biofeedback, Incontinence, and the Patient’s Perspective

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    By: Nancy J. Norton, President, IFFGD

    From a presentation at a symposium on Treatment of Bowel, Bladder, and Pelvic Floor Disorders. Bowel or bladder incontinence is a 24 hour, seven day a week challenge. One never escapes it, for many it is even in our dreams. A personal account from the Founder of IFFGD.

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  5. Fact Sheet: Biofeedback, Incontinencia, y la Perspectiva del Paciente

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    By: Nancy J. Norton, President, IFFGD

    Quisiera agradecer a Jeannette Tries por la invitación para estar aquí con Uds. esta mañana. Me han solicitado que conversara desde la perspectiva del paciente sobre como vivir con incontinencia o con trastornos del piso pelviano. Con un espíritu de total divulgación, puedo decir que he sido paciente de Jeannette en el pasado y puedo decir que ella es alguien que me ha devuelto la vida cuando otros han desestimado mis problemas de salud y me han demostrado no tener tiempo para mí.

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  6. Fact Sheet: Report from IFFGD Research Award Winner: Mechanisms of Fecal Incontinence

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    By: Adil E. Bharucha, MD

    In this article, I will try to provide a flavor for our research activities and highlight what we understand about the mechanisms of fecal incontinence and constipation. Fecal incontinence is a relatively common symptom. In listening to patients, I realized that fecal incontinence could have a devastating impact on lifestyle, that our understanding of factors responsible for incontinence was limited, and that available therapies were of variable efficacy. Therefore, our studies are directed toward answering several important questions pertaining to "idiopathic" fecal incontinence, that is fecal incontinence not resulting from another underlying disease such as multiple sclerosis.

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  7. Fact Sheet: Incontinencia Fecal y la Edad

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    By: William F. Norton, Communications Director, IFFGD; Jeanette Tries, PhD, OTR

    Con la edad ocurren muchos cambios y la pérdida de la continencia fecal se vuelve más probable. Las enfermedades orgánicas, los cambios del hábito intestinal y otros factores, afectan la habilidad de mantener el control. La pérdida de la continencia fecal es muy común. Le ocurre a mucha gente. Existen muchas formas de encontrar ayuda para este problema. Este folleto le ayudará a comprender que es lo que ocurre y qué puede hacer para mejorarlo.

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  8. Fact Sheet: Cambios en el Control de los Esfínteres por el Parto

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    By: William F. Norton, Communications Director, IFFGD; Jeanette Tries, PhD, OTR

    Muchas mujeres desarrollan problemas en el control de los esfínteres durante o después del embarazo. Los cambios pueden ocurrir en los músculos y nervios que ayudan a controlar la salida de gases, orina o heces fecales. Los problemas con el control de esfínteres pueden aparecer inmediatamente o varios años después del parto. Existen varias formas para mejorar el control de esfínteres. Saber como hablar con su médico para que entienda su problema, puede ayudarle a encontrar soluciones.

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  9. Fact Sheet: Talking To Your Doctor About Incontinence

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    By: William F. Norton, Communications Director, IFFGD

    Most people feel uneasy talking about their stool, intestinal gas, or bowel movements. But doctors understand that these are very normal and necessary processes in all of us. Doctors and other therapists are there to help when bodily processes go wrong. So the first very important step is to talk plainly about the problems you are experiencing.

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  10. Fact Sheet: Radiation Induced Injury to the Colon and Rectum

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    By: Thomas Puetz, MD

    Experiencing symptoms of diarrhea, urgency, incontinence, and rectal bleeding can be a significant source of stress that calls for consultation with a physician. Those individuals with a history of prior radiation therapy exposure need to disclose this to their doctor. Radiation induced symptoms must be considered as a potential source.

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