Diagnostic criteria for Encopresis

These criteria are obsolete.

DSM IV - TR

(cautionary statement)

A. Repeated passage of feces into inappropriate places (e.g., clothing or floor) whether involuntary or intentional. 

B. At least one such event a month for at least 3 months. 

C. Chronological age is at least 4 years (or equivalent developmental level). 

D. The behavior is not due exclusively to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., laxatives) or a general medical condition except through a mechanism involving constipation. 

Code as follows: 

787.6 With Constipation and Overflow Incontinence 
307.7 Without Constipation and Overflow Incontinence

Reprinted with permission from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision. Copyright 2000 American Psychiatric Association


DSM IV

(cautionary statement)

A. Repeated passage of feces into inappropriate places (e.g., clothing or floor) whether involuntary or intentional. 

B. At least one such event a month for at least 3 months. 

C. Chronological age is at least 4 years (or equivalent developmental level). 

D. The behavior is not due exclusively to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., laxatives) or a general medical condition except through a mechanism involving constipation. 

Code as follows: 

787.6 With Constipation and Overflow Incontinence 
307.7 Without Constipation and Overflow Incontinence

Reprinted with permission from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition. Copyright 1994 American Psychiatric Association

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