The bother of anal incontinence and St. Mark’s Incontinence Score

C. Paka, Ixora Kamisan @ Atan, H. P. Dietz

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Abstract

Background: Patient self-report is important in the assessment of the impact of anal incontinence (AI) on quality of life. This study aimed to (1) determine the correlation between total St. Mark’s Incontinence Score (SMIS) and a single-item visual analogue scale (VAS) for bother from AI, and (2) determine the correlation between individual components of SMIS and VAS. Methods: This is a retrospective study conducted on a cohort of 516 women seen for symptoms of lower urinary tract and pelvic floor dysfunction between January 2013 and August 2014. If a woman responded “yes” to the question “Do you experience any leakage from the back passage/anus?” they were considered to have AI, and the SMIS was administered. They were also asked “How much are you bothered by these symptoms?” to assess bother from AI by VAS. Statistical analyses were performed using Spearman’s correlation and Mann–Whitney U test. Results: Eighty-four (16.3 %) women reported AI with a mean SMIS of 11 (SD ± 5.11, range 2–24) and median bother of 5 (VAS 1–10). There was a fair correlation between VAS for the bother from AI and SMIS (Spearman’s r = 0.523, p 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-128
Number of pages6
JournalTechniques in Coloproctology
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016

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Visual Analog Scale
Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms
Pelvic Floor
Anal Canal
Self Report
Retrospective Studies
Quality of Life

Keywords

  • Anal incontinence
  • Fecal incontinence
  • St. Mark’s Incontinence Score
  • Visual analogue scale

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology
  • Surgery

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The bother of anal incontinence and St. Mark’s Incontinence Score. / Paka, C.; Kamisan @ Atan, Ixora; Dietz, H. P.

In: Techniques in Coloproctology, Vol. 20, No. 2, 01.02.2016, p. 123-128.

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