Diagnostic Ultrasound to Evaluate Fecal Incontinence in Women: Clinical Overview and Current Applications

Minaglia, Steven M.
January 2010
Donald School Journal of Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology;Jan-Mar2010, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p13
Academic Journal
Ultrasound is now frequently used in the evaluation of women with pelvic floor disorders. It has been applied to such diverse disorders such as voiding dysfunction, urinary and fecal incontinence, and defecatory dysfunction. A well-defined application of ultrasound is in the evaluation of fecal incontinence, where visualization of the anal sphincter complex and puborectalis muscle helps quantify both structure and function. The purpose of this review is to outline the clinical problem of fecal incontinence and to define the role of ultrasound in the evaluation of fecal incontinence in women.


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