Faecal incontinence as presentation of an ependymomas of the spinal cord

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Background: Spinal tumours and ependymomas in particular are rare causes of cauda equina syndrome that present with faecal incontinence. Case presentation: We present a case of a 45 year old gentleman who presents to a colorectal clinic with incontinence. We then present a review of ependymomas with particular reference to the symptoms they cause as well a review of the neurophysiology of faecal continence. Conclusion: Suspicion for non-colonic causes for faecal incontinence should arise when there is absence of other etiologic factors. Establishment of the diagnosis of spinal tumours is with neurological examination and MRI spine. © 2007 Jeyarajah et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

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Jeyarajah, S., King, A., & Papagrigoriadis, S. (2007, September 25). Faecal incontinence as presentation of an ependymomas of the spinal cord. World Journal of Surgical Oncology. https://doi.org/10.1186/1477-7819-5-107

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