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What tests are done to diagnose encopresis?

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Encopresis is when a child past the age of diaper training constantly poops in their clothes. An X-ray may be taken to see how much stool is in your child’s colon, and to check if the colon and the rectum are stretched out. Sometimes, a special X-ray called a barium enema may be done. It uses a dye to spot if any areas of the lower intestine are narrowed, twisted, or kinked. Another test called an anorectal manometry uses pressure sensors to check how well your child uses their muscles during bowel movements.

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American Academy of Pediatrics.

American College of Gastroenterology.

UpToDate.com: "Chronic functional constipation and fecal incontinence in infants and children: Treatment."

 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 10, 2019

SOURCE:

American Academy of Pediatrics.

American College of Gastroenterology.

UpToDate.com: "Chronic functional constipation and fecal incontinence in infants and children: Treatment."

 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 10, 2019

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