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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).