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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 23 (2009), Issue 4, Pages 301-308

Investigating and Treating Fecal Incontinence: When and How

Adriana Lazarescu,1 Geoffrey K Turnbull,2 and Stephen Vanner1

1Gastrointestinal Diseases Research Unit, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
2Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Received 15 July 2008; Accepted 15 July 2008

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Fecal incontinence is a common disorder in our aging population and can have profound effects on patient’s well-being. The present review examines the current understanding of fecal incontinence and provides a practical approach to the investigation and management of this condition. A special emphasis is placed on specialized testing, focusing on indications and impact on guiding management.