Fecal Incontinence in Peripheral Neuropathies

Many patients affected by idiopathic fecal incontinence have evidence of either a neurogenic or muscular injury, and some patients remain truly idio-pathic without clear identifiable cause for sphincteric dysfunction. The peripheral nervous system is divided into the somatic and autonomic portions with sensory and motor nerve fibers. Autonomic nerve fibers normally supply the gastrointestinal, bladder, sexual, and cardiovascular functions. Neuropathies can be functionally selective so that...