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Am J Gastroenterol. 2012 Nov;107(11):1635-46. doi: 10.1038/ajg.2012.284. Epub 2012 Sep 11.

Fecal incontinence in the elderly: FAQ.

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Henry D. Janowitz Division of Gastroenterology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York 10029, USA. brijen.shah@mssm.edu

Abstract

Fecal incontinence (FI) is a common gastrointestinal (GI) complaint in patients aged 65 years and older. This evidence-based review article discusses the epidemiology, pathophysiology, evaluation, and management of FI in the geriatric population. We emphasize aging-related changes leading to and impacting evaluation and treatment of this symptom while incorporating the core geriatric principles of functional status and management aligned with patient preference and goals of care.

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10.1038/ajg.2012.284
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