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The prevalence of faecal incontinence in myotonic dystrophy type 1

Author:
Petty, R. K. H.  Eugenicos, M. P.  Hamilton, M. J.  Farrugia, M. E.  Robb, Y.  Ballantyne, R.  Gregory, H.  McWilliam, C.  Longman, C.  


Journal:
NEUROMUSCULAR DISORDERS


Issue Date:
2019


Abstract(summary):

Faecal incontinence is recognised as a feature of myotonic dystrophy along with other symptoms of bowel dysfunction, but its prevalence is poorly defined. We have surveyed 152 unselected myotonic dystrophy patients. We identified issues with bowel control in 104 (68% of the study population). Forty-eight (32%) reported faecal incontinence in the 4 weeks prior to completion of the questionnaire. Fifty-six patients (37%) reported having to change their lifestyle because of incontinence issues at some point in the prior 4 weeks. This study shows a high frequency of life-changing symptoms in a large unselected, cohort of patients with myotonic dystrophy type 1, and highlights lower gastrointestinal symptoms as an important issue for further research. Crown Copyright (C) 2019 Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


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