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Table 1 Evaluation of fecal continence according to Rintala scoring system

From: Suspension sutures facilitate single-incision laparoscopic-assisted rectal pull-through for Hirschsprung disease

Factor Intermediate Long-term
N (%) N (%)
Ability to hold back defecation 40 patients 38 patients
Always 32 (80%) 35 (92.1%)
Problems less than 1/week 4 (10%) 3 (7.9%)
Weekly problem 4 (10%) 0
No voluntary control 0 0
Feel/reports the urge to defecate 40 patients 38 patients
Always 35 (87.5%) 35 (92.1%)
Most of time 5 (12.5%) 3 (7.9%)
Uncertain 0 0
Absent 0 0
Frequency of defecation 40 patients 38 patients
Every other day to twice a day 28 (70%) 33 (86.8%)
More often 11 (27.5%) 5 (13.2%)
Less often 1 (2.5%) 0
Soiling 40 patients 38 patients
Never 32 (80%) 38 (100%)
Staining less than 1/week, no change of underwear required 8 (20%) 0
Frequent staining, change of underwear often required 0 0
Daily soiling, requires protective aids 0 0
Accidents 40 patients 38 patients
Never 36 (90%) 37 (97.4%)
Fewer than 1/week 4 (10%) 1 (2.6%)
Weekly accident; often requires protective aids 0 0
Daily, required protective aids during day and night 0 0
Constipation 40 patients 38 patients
No constipation 31 (77.5%) 38 (100%)
Manageable with diet 8 (20%) 0
Manageable with laxatives 0 0
Manageable with enemas 1 (2.5%) 0
Social problems 40 patients 38 patients
No social problems 36 (90%) 38 (100%)
Sometimes (Foul odors) 4 (10%) 0
Problem causing restriction in social life 0 0
Severe social and/or psychological problems 0 0