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10 year old with encopresis. Is this a disability?

Yes I have a 10 year old daughter who was born early at 3po 4oz I have been having medical issues ever since with her. Asi said she is now 10years old and the doctor believe she has encopresis after reading what it is I believe she has a severe case of it. Everything it says my daughter does. She has to wear depends I have just recently applied for ssi benefits is encopresis considered a disability? The doctor believes she has lost her sensation a long time ago
Asked On : Mon, 21 Jan 2013
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Feb 2013
Thank you for your query,
Encopresis is an elimination disorder .
In most children with encopresis the underlying primary abnormality may be chronic constipation with fecal impaction and fecal retention.
Many children with encopresis present with abnormal anal sphincter function documented by rectal sphincter physiologic studies like electormyography and defecating a rectal balloon.
The treatment of this condition is clearance of impacted fecal material, short term use of laxatives and adding high dietary fiber to diet to prevent further constipation and behavior management.
This problem comes under mental illnesses, and consult your Pediatrician to know whether it comes under disability according to your country health policy.
Hope i have answered your query.
Answered: Tue, 22 Jan 2013
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