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Analysis of biofeedback for fecal incontinence

André Figueiredo Accetta Ricardo S. Vasconcelos Gisele del Cueto João de A. Pupo Neto Domingos Lacombe Italo Accetta About the authors

Fecal incontinence is a disabling condition with relevant social costs. Many therapies are described. Objective: To evaluate the response to biofeedback and epidemiological profile, describing the used technique. Methods: A retrospective study in 3 years (June 2005 - June 2008). Results: Thirty patients, 26 women and 4 men, with an average age of 66. The number of normal pregnancies and births varied from none to six and hysterectomy was present in nine. Hypotonia in manometry was present in all patients. Eighteen patients were satisfied, ten were partially met, none was completely dissatisfied, and two have abandoned the therapy. Conclusion: The clinical therapy to biofeedback can be effective for incontinence, but the comprehension by patient appears to be the most important. Diabetes mellitus, anorectal surgery and hysterectomy were related to complaints of incontinence.

biofeedback; fecal incontinence; exercise; manometry; quality of life

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