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Encopresis

Encopresis

Encopresis is a condition in which a child has poor control over bowel movements and may have accidents in his or her underwear.

The person may not even notice the soiling.

Encopresis is present if a child age 4 or older has involuntary bowel movements in inappropriate places at least once a month for 3 months or more.

Last Revised: August 2, 2012

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD

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