Title

Bowel management for the treatment of pediatric fecal incontinence

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

12-1-2009

Journal

Pediatric Surgery International

Volume

25

Issue

12

DOI

10.1007/s00383-009-2502-z

Keywords

Anorectal malformations; Bowel management; Enemas; Fecal incontinence

Abstract

Fecal incontinence is a devastating underestimated problem, affecting a large number of individuals all over the world. Most of the available literature relates to the management of adults. The treatments proposed are not uniformly successful and have little application in the pediatric population. This paper presents the experience of 30 years, implementing a bowel management program, for the treatment of fecal incontinence in over 700 pediatric patients, with a success rate of 95%. The main characteristics of the program include the identification of the characteristics of the colon of each patient; finding the specific type of enema that will clean that colon and the radiological monitoring of the process. © 2009 Springer-Verlag.

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