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Encopresis

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Contributors: Michael W. Winter MD, Eric Ingerowski MD, FAAP
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Synopsis

Encopresis is the involuntary soiling of stool in a toilet-trained individual. This often occurs in constipated individuals who have passage of liquid stool around constipated stool burden, known as overflow incontinence.

The hallmark symptom is stool leakage. When concurrent with constipation, children may report abdominal pain, distension, and straining with defecation at times.

Many conditions can predispose to constipation and, subsequently, encopresis due to overflow incontinence. These include poor hydration, a low-fiber diet, slow bowel transit, and withholding stool due to behavioral issues. Encopresis without constipation is more often attributable to behavioral issues.

Codes

ICD10CM:
R15.9 – Full incontinence of feces
F98.1 – Encopresis not due to a substance or known physiological condition

SNOMEDCT:
302690004 – Encopresis

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Last Reviewed: 10/02/2018
Last Updated: 10/02/2018
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Encopresis : Abdominal pain, Abdominal distension, Constipation, Emotional stress or trauma, Urinary incontinence
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