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Childhood Defecation Disorders: Constipation and Soiling

The purpose of this publication is to describe the characteristics and treatment of four pediatric functional gastrointestinal disorders that prompt parents to bring their child to the doctor for constipation and/or soiling: infant dyschezia, functional constipation, functional fecal retention, and non-retentive fecal soiling. [A functional disorder refers to a condition where the primary abnormality is an altered physiological function (the way the body works) rather than an abnormality that is characterized by tissue damage or inflammation.] Revised and updated 2009.

Topics: Anal, Rectal Disorders, Constipation, difficult to pass stools, Fact Sheet, Fecal soiling, incontinence, Incontinence

About the Author

  • Paul E. Hyman, MD

    Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Director of Gastroenterology Department, Children's Hospital; Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA

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