Fecal Incontinence

Refers to the involuntary loss of flatus or feces.

Present in approximately 4% of women and 2% of men.

Common in women after vaginal delivery secondary to sphincter damage.

Occurs in 29-48% of women between 3 months and 3 years after primary sphincter repair.

Fecal occult blood testing on an annual basis decreases the incidence of colorectal cancer of up to 33%.

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