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Overt rectal prolapse and fecal incontinence.
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PMID:  18546040     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: Rectal prolapse is frequently associated with fecal incontinence; however, the relationship is questionable. The study was designed to evaluate fecal incontinence in a large consecutive series of patients who suffered from rectal prolapse, focusing on both past history, anal physiology, and imaging. METHODS: Eighty-eight consecutive patients who suffered from an overt rectal prolapse (72 women, 16 men; mean age, 51.1 +/- 19.5 years) as a main symptom were analyzed; 48 patients also experienced fecal incontinence compared with 40 without incontinence. Logistic regression analyses were performed. RESULTS: The two groups of patients did not differ with respect to parity, weekly stool frequency, main duration of symptoms before referral, occurrence of dyschezia, and digital help to defecate. Patients with prolapse who were older than 45 years (odds ratio (OR), 4.51 (1.49-13.62); P = 0.007) and those with a past history of hemorrhoidectomy (OR, 9.05 (1.68-48.8); P = 0.01) were significantly more incontinent. Incontinent group showed frequent internal anal sphincter defect compared with the continent group (60 vs. 6.2 percent; P = 0.0018). CONCLUSIONS: In patients with overt rectal prolapse, the occurrence of fecal incontinence needs special consideration for age and previous hemorrhoid surgery as causative factors. Anal weakness and sphincter defects are frequently observed.
Laurent Siproudhis; Marianne Eléouet; Agathe Rousselle; Mounia El Alaoui; Alain Ropert; Jean-François Bretagne
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-06-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Diseases of the colon and rectum     Volume:  51     ISSN:  1530-0358     ISO Abbreviation:  Dis. Colon Rectum     Publication Date:  2008 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-08-18     Completed Date:  2008-09-09     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372764     Medline TA:  Dis Colon Rectum     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1356-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Gastroenterology Unit, Rennes University Hospital, Rennes, France.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Anal Canal / physiopathology,  ultrasonography
Fecal Incontinence / complications*,  physiopathology
Hemorrhoids / surgery
Middle Aged
Rectal Prolapse / complications*
Regression Analysis
Retrospective Studies
Severity of Illness Index

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