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Han, Kim , Kim, Jung, Lee, Park, and Kim: The Results of Treating Fecal Incontinence with Antegrade Continence Enema (ACE)


Fecal incontinence is not rare in post-op. children who had anorectal malformation, Hirschsprung's disease, and meningomyelocele. It can negatively impact the patient's emotional and social development. Among the options, antegrade continence enema (ACE) was introduced to overcome the demerits in 9 cases from January 1998 to June 1999. All patients have meningomyelocele. The cleanliness and post-operative complications were evaluated. The operative technique has three categories including reversed appendicocecostomy, in situ appendicostomy and neoappendicostomy with cecal flap. All of the patients achieved complete cleanliness. Four patients had post-operative complications. There were two patients with stoma leakage, one with abdominal pain on irrigation and one with stoma stenosis. The leakage was minimal and the pain on irrigation improved spontaneously. The stoma stenosis required revision operation on post-operative 6th month. The ACE has been shown to be safe and highly effective.

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