Stephen Borowitz, MD
Bhupinder Anand, MD
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The extent of follow-up needed for encopresis varies. Your child's health care professional will probably want to see the child at least once after treatment is well under way to ensure that the treatment is working or to alter treatment if necessary.
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According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Third edition (DSM-III), encopresis is defined as the "repeated involuntary passage of feces into places not appropriate for that purpose...the event must take place for at least 6 months, the chronologic and mental age of the child must be at least 4 years."