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ssoiling of underwear, bowel movement, BM, bowel movement in pants, constipation, severe constipation, fecal incontinence, fecal soiling, colon, lower intestine, feces, megacolon, rectal distention, toilet training, soiling, stool leak, anorectal manometry, manometry, enema, laxative, encopresis
Stephen Borowitz, MD
Bhupinder Anand, MD
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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."