Bowel dysfunction in neurologic disorders

Praveen Dayalu MD (Dr. Dayalu of the University of Michigan received a research grant from Teva.)
Zachary N London MD, editor. (Dr. London of the University of Michigan has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.)
Originally released September 25, 2007; last updated October 31, 2011; expires October 31, 2014
Notice: This article has expired and is therefore not available for CME credit.

This article includes discussion of bowel dysfunction in neurologic disease, constipation, and fecal incontinence. The foregoing terms may include synonyms, similar disorders, variations in usage, and abbreviations.


Bowel dysfunction occurs in many nervous system diseases. It manifests primarily as constipation or fecal incontinence. This article will review the following:


• The neural control of colonic function and defecation


• General considerations and management of constipation and fecal incontinence


• Bowel dysfunction in selected neurologic diseases

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