|Category||Anorectal / Bowel Dysfunction|
|Keywords||Constipation Faecal Incontinence Trans-anal irrigation|
|Target Audience||The target audience for this workshop is any healthcare practitioner who is involved in the delivery of care for patients/clients with chronic neurological dysfunction.|
|Aims and Objectives|
The majority of patients with chronic neurological illnesses such as spinal cord injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Spina Bifida and Cauda Equina Syndrome experience bowel dysfunction. Such Neurogenic Bowel Dysfunction (NBD) is often the most socially limiting and quality-of-life impairing aspect of care. There is an emerging body of evidence from epidemiological reports, physiological studies, controlled and uncontrolled trials.
The objective of the workshop is to definitively review prevalence, physiological mechanisms and the therapeutic options (conservative, medications, trans-anal irrigation and neuromodulation). A practical approach to management will be presented, and the session will end by exploring the areas for future study.