Effect of rectal dilation in fecal incontinence with low rectal compliance. Report of a case

Dis Colon Rectum. 1995 Sep;38(9):988-9. doi: 10.1007/BF02049738.


Purpose: This study was undertaken to determine the effect of rectal dilation in a patient with urge-type fecal incontinence and frequent bowel movements associated with low rectal compliance and capacity.

Method: Daily rectal balloon dilation was performed for a period of four weeks.

Results: The patient regained complete fecal continence with one to two daily bowel movements. Rectal compliance, capacity, and cross-sectional area increased by 37 to 136 percent. Nine months later the patient was still without symptoms.

Conclusion: Rectal balloon dilation may be a therapeutic alternative in selected patients.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Catheterization*
  • Fecal Incontinence / physiopathology
  • Fecal Incontinence / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Rectum / physiopathology*