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Vitamin D Role in Fecal Incontinence?
      05/22/14 05:03 PM

Vitamin D Blog: A Role in Fecal Incontinence?

Published: May 12, 2014
By Kristina Fiore, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

Given its role in muscle function, vitamin D could play a role in fecal incontinence, researchers found.

In a small case-control study, women with fecal incontinence had significantly lower vitamin D levels than controls (29 ng/mL versus 35 ng/mL), according to Candace Parker-Autry, MD, of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., and colleagues.

The odds of vitamin D deficiency were significantly higher in women with fecal incontinence than in controls -- almost three times higher, they reported in the International Urogynecology Journal.

And the women with fecal incontinence who had vitamin D deficiency also reported a greater symptom burden, they found.

Since the study included only 31 cases and 81 controls, the researchers said the study was only hypothesis-generating and that further prospective studies are needed to further explore the relationship between vitamin D deficiency and worse fecal incontinence symptoms.

Ultimately, vitamin D supplementation could "prove to be an important adjunctive therapy to pelvic floor exercises, biofeedback, anal sphincteroplasty, sacral neuromodulation, and pharmacologic therapy for treating fecal incontinence."

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