La incontinencia fecal se define como la evacuación de deposiciones fecales en un lugar inadecuado. Este molesto síntoma es el origen de malestar y turbación considerables tanto para el niño o niña como para su familia. La incontinencia fecal pediátrica puede dividirse en dos categorías principales: (1) Incontinencia fecal orgánica resultante, por ejemplo, de malformaciones anorrectales o anomalías neurógenas; (2) incontinencia fecal funcional. En esta revisión abordaremos únicamente la incontinencia fecal funcional en niños y comentaremos la definición, la epidemiología, la fisiopatología y las actualizaciones recientes sobre aspectos clínicos y diagnósticos de la incontinencia fecal funcional.

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