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Pramit Rastogi, M.D., M.P.H., Jessica C. Hankinson, Ph.D.
Encopresis is a topic covered in the Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide.

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  • 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: September 3, 2017


Rastogi, Pramit, and Jessica C Hankinson. "Encopresis." Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide, 2017. Johns Hopkins Guide, www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787082/all/Encopresis.
Rastogi P, Hankinson JC. Encopresis. Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. 2017. https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787082/all/Encopresis. Accessed June 17, 2019.
Rastogi, P., & Hankinson, J. C. (2017). Encopresis. In Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. Available from https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787082/all/Encopresis
Rastogi P, Hankinson JC. Encopresis [Internet]. In: Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. ; 2017. [cited 2019 June 17]. Available from: https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787082/all/Encopresis.
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