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Effect of rectal distension on voluntary external anal sphincter function in healthy subjects.
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PMID:  20860712     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Aim  Quantification of the anorectal reflex function is critical for explaining the physiological control of continence. Reflex external anal sphincter activity increases with rectal distension in a dynamic response. We hypothesized that rectal distension would similarly augment voluntary external anal sphincter function, quantified by measuring the anal maximum squeeze pressure. Method  Fifty-seven subjects (32 men, 25 women; median age 62 years), with normal anal canal manometry and endoanal ultrasound results, underwent a rectal barostat study with simultaneous anal manometry. Stepwise isovolumetric 50-ml distensions (n = 35) or isobaric 4-mmHg distensions (n = 22) above the minimum distending pressure were performed (up to 200 ml or 16 mmHg respectively), whilst anal resting pressure and maximum squeeze pressure were recorded and compared with the baseline pressure. Results  The distension-induced squeeze increment was calculated as the maximum percentage increase in maximum squeeze pressure with progressive rectal distension. This was observed in 53 of the 57 subjects as a mean ± standard deviation (range) increase of 32.8 ± 24.1 (-5.5 to 97.7)%. The mean ± standard deviation (range) distension-induced squeeze increment in male subjects was 36.1 ± 25.7 (-5.5 to 97.7)% and in female subjects was 28.1 ± 20.1 (-3.8 to 70.2)%. There was no significant difference between the sexes (P = 0.194). Conclusion  Rectal distension augments external anal sphincter function, confirming the existence of a dynamic rectoanal response. This may represent a quantifiable and important part of the continence mechanism.
A Bajwa; K Thiruppathy; P Trivedi; P Boulos; A Emmanuel
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Colorectal disease : the official journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1463-1318     ISO Abbreviation:  Colorectal Dis     Publication Date:  2011 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-09-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100883611     Medline TA:  Colorectal Dis     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1173-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2011 The Authors. Colorectal Disease © 2011 The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.
Physiology Unit, University College Hospital, London, UK Division of Surgery and Interventional Science, University College London, London, UK.
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