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The Etiology of Fecal Incontinence: Causes and Diagnosis

Fecal incontinence is a distressing and isolating condition whose true community prevalence is unknown. The failure to identify patients with fecal incontinence is tragic because the condition is for the most part treatable. And because proper treatment depends upon accurate diagnosis, it is important to understand the common causes of fecal incontinence.

Topics: Bowel urgency, Fact Sheet, Incontinence

About the Author

  • Robert D. Madoff, MD, FACS

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery & Director of Research, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

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