The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Biofeedback for fecal incontinence

    Earlier posts here, here, and here, discussed biofeedback and constipation. Here’s a study in people with incontinence where more than 70% demonstrated improvement.

    The researchers start by telling us “biofeedback is well established as a treatment for fecal incontinence.” This study assessed short-term outcomes and predictors of treatment success.”

    First the details.

    • The researchers at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, Australia reviewed 513 consecutive patients treated with biofeedback over 10 years.

    And the results.

    • Each outcome improved for more than 70% of patients.
    • Incontinence scores decreased 32%.
    • Quality of life improved by 89%.
    • Maximum anal sphincter pressure increased 12 mmHg (14%).

    Treatment success was more likely in women, older people, and people with more severe incontinence.

    5/5/07 15:57 JR

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