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Rectal sensorimotor dysfunction in constipation.
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PMID:  21382582     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The pathophysiological mechanisms underlying chronic constipation in both adults and children remain to be unravelled. This is a not inconsiderable challenge, but is fundamental to improving management of such patients. Rectal sensorimotor function, which encompasses both sensation and motility, as well as biomechanical components (compliance, capacity), is now strongly implicated in the pathogenesis of constipation. Rectal hyposensitivity, rectal hypercompliance, increased rectal capacity, rectal motor dysfunction (phasic contractility and tone), and altered rectoanal reflex activity are all found in constipated patients, particularly in association with 'functional' disorders of defaecation (i.e. pelvic floor dyssynergia). This review covers contemporary understanding of how components of rectal sensorimotor function may contribute to symptom development in both adult and paediatric populations. The complex interaction between sensory/motor/biomechanical domains, and how best to measure these functions are addressed, and where data exist, the impact of sensorimotor dysfunction on therapeutic outcomes is highlighted.
S M Scott; M M van den Berg; M A Benninga
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Best practice & research. Clinical gastroenterology     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1532-1916     ISO Abbreviation:  Best Pract Res Clin Gastroenterol     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-08     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101120605     Medline TA:  Best Pract Res Clin Gastroenterol     Country:  Netherlands    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  103-18     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Academic Surgical Unit & Neurogastroenterology Group, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University London, United Kingdom.
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