Faecal incontinence: a narrative review of clinic-based management for the general gynaecologist

Kathryn S. Williams, Dara F. Shalom, Harvey A. Winkler

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The objective of this article is to provide an informative and narrative review for the general Gynaecologist regarding the pathophysiology and conservative treatments available for faecal incontinence (FI). A PubMed search was performed by library staff and an author using the keywords: anal incontinence, faecal incontinence, accidental bowel leakage, outpatient clinic management of faecal incontinence and defecatory dysfunction. As the social limitations of FI can be devastating and long-term patient satisfaction rates after anal sphincteroplasty remain reportedly-low, the role of clinic-based management of FI has continued to grow. The purpose of this article is to provide the Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with a basic template for screening, evaluation and management of faecal incontinence in the clinical setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2018


  • accidental bowel leakage
  • anal physiology
  • anal sphincter injury
  • conservative management
  • Faecal incontinence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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