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The prevalence of anal incontinence was 25% for obese women, compared with 10% for normal-weight women.
Anal incontinence symptoms were assessed using the Epidemiology of Prolapse and Incontinence Questionnaire (EPIQ).
Since anal incontinence is increasingly becoming recognized as a significant cause of physical and psychological morbidity, these data have implications for community health care providers, Dr.
To our surprise, we could detect an increase in anal incontinence and also an increase in defecation frequency" at 6 months after abdominal hysterectomy that persisted at 12 months, he added.
Among women who had one or more subsequent vaginal deliveries during the 5 years after surgical repair of their torn anal sphincter, the prevalence of anal incontinence was 59%.
Toozs-Hobson outlined his study, which compared findings from endoanal ultrasounds performed immediately after delivery in 198 women with anal incontinence.
The rates of overactive bladder, anal incontinence, and overall pelvic floor disorders did not differ significantly between groups in the subanalysis.
Surprisingly, more women reported anal incontinence before delivery than post partum--18% in the first trimester, 19% in the second, and 29% in the third, compared with 15% post partum.
Urinary and anal incontinence were common and persisted up to 3 months," Dr.
Anatomic anal sphincter injury from vaginal childbirth is significantly associated with anal incontinence and stage IV pelvic organ prolapse, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Urogynecologic Association.
NEW ORLEANS -- About a third of all women who experience anal sphincter injury at the time of childbirth will develop anal incontinence.
The number of subsequent vaginal births in 172 women who sustained a complete third-degree tear during their initial delivery did not affect the prevalence or severity of anal incontinence, he said.