Sexual function in patients with fecal incontinence: P017


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Abstract

Aim:Faecal incontinence (FI) is a highprevalence disorder in general population. FI has been recognised as a significant cause of physical and psychological morbidity. However, little research has been performed on the effects of FI on sexual function (SXF). The aim of our study was to evaluate whether symptoms of FI have an impact on SXF.Methods:Data of subjects participating in a cross-sectional study to know FIprevalence inprimary care, were selected. FI was assessed by means of St.Mark's score. Also, its impact on generic (SF-36 test) and disease-specific quality of life (FIQL) were studied. Data from patients who answered questions about SXF were selected.Results:Five hundred and eighteen subjects were interviewed (60.3 ± 17.7 years, 64.1% females). Overallprevalence of FI was 10.8% with a St Mark's score of 8.3 ± 5.0 points. From all, 24 met inclusion criteria. Of them, 29.2% feel that FI interferes with their SXF. St. Mark's score was higher in the group of patients with impaired SXF (8.0 vs 6.82, P = 0.701). There were lower scores in subscales of SF-36 test and FIQL in patients with SXF impairment but neither of differences were statistical significant.Conclusions:General and specific QOL are worst in FI patients with impaired SXF.

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