How does fecal incontinence affect the prognosis of middle cerebral artery (MCA) stroke?

Updated: Feb 20, 2018
  • Author: Daniel I Slater, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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Like urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence is a predictor of increased mortality. [31, 55] Urinary and fecal incontinence coexist in 80-90% of acute poststroke patients, and these 2 conditions remain strongly associated in the postacute period. [34] Fecal incontinence may also predict the likelihood of discharge to an extended care facility or necessitate home-health nursing services.


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