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Bowel Problems Associated with Neurologic Diseases

Lower bowel symptoms such as constipation and fecal incontinence are not uncommon in patients with neurologic diseases – including multiple sclerosis, diabetes mellitus, spinal cord lesions, and Parkinson's disease – and can have a profoundly negative impact on quality of life. Understanding the causes can assist in planning effective management strategies. Revised and updated 2009.

Topics: Bowel urgency, Constipation, difficult to pass stools, Fact Sheet, Incontinence

About the Author

  • Arnold Wald, MD, MACG

    Professor of Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

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