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Fecal incontinence is the inability to control bowel movements, causing unexpected stool (feces) to leak. “Intractable” fecal incontinence is incontinence that is difficult to manage or treat. In many cases incontinence can occur in the presence of constipation, and in others it may be related to difficulties after surgical correction of anorectal problems (like anorectal malformations) or other surgeries.
If your child does not respond to typical therapies for incontinence, or if he has had surgery of the anal region, our team will determine where and what the problem is.
Boston Children’s GI motility team uses a holistic approach to treatment. We perform tests to understand how your child’s entire gastrointestinal system is working, including the nerves in the intestines that are often responsible for incontinence. This allows us to develop an effective treatment plan.
Common causes of fecal incontinence include:
Because fecal incontinence can be accompanied by other conditions, such as urinary incontinence or constipation, we work closely with other specialists throughout Boston Children’s to ensure that we meet your child’s complex needs.
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Our objective is to enable your child to have bowel movements in a predictable and socially acceptable way. Treatment methods to achieve this include:
Learn more about our GI motility treatments and approach at Boston Children’s.
For an appointment, more information or to obtain a second opinion for your child, please contact the Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Center at 617-355-6055 or request an appointment online.
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