Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide

Encopresis

Pramit Rastogi, M.D., M.P.H., Jessica C. Hankinson, Ph.D.
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DEFINITION

  • Encopresis refers to the repeated passage of stool in inappropriate places by children 4 years of age and older.
    • Examples of inappropriate places: in clothes, on the floor, in the bed
    • It does not matter if this is done intentionally or involuntarily, although this may affect treatment.
  • Encopresis is classified under the Elimination Disorders section of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5) [1].

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Last updated: October 22, 2014