Stephen Borowitz, MD
Bhupinder Anand, MD
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Emptying the Colon of Stool
Medical professionals usually refer to emptying stool from the colon and rectum as evacuation or disimpaction. Evacuation of the colon can be accomplished in the following ways:
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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."