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Sacral transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation in the treatment of idiopathic faecal incontinence.
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PMID:  20128838     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Aim  The aim of this study was to investigate the potential use of S3 transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) in the treatment of idiopathic faecal incontinence. Method  Seventeen patients were treated by S3 TENS 2 h a day for 3 months. The outcome was evaluated by faecal incontinence severity index (FISI), faecal incontinence quality of life scale (FIQOL), 7-day bowel diary, anorectal physiology, patients' self-reported impression of improvement, bowel control and satisfaction with treatment on a visual analogue scale. Results  Seventeen patients (13 women) of mean age 67.2 years (52-80) were followed up for a mean of 19.7 months. The FISI improved in 69% after 3 months of TENS (P < 0.01), and all components of FIQOL improved. The number of incontinent episodes per week fell for incontinence to gas and stool (solid and/or liquid). There was no significant difference in the maximum resting pressure and squeeze pressure, but the mean rectal volume of first sensation (12.1 ml, P = 0.027) and first urge (25.0 ml, P = 0.054) fell, and the maximum tolerable volume (16.0 ml, P = 0.679) rose. The satisfaction score was ≥ 6/10 in all patients. Fifteen (88%) scored ≥ 6/10 for bowel control, and all patients scored ≥ 2 (scale: -5 to +5) for their impression of improvement. Conclusion  S3 transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation seems to be a promising noninvasive method to treat faecal incontinence. However, further study is required.
S S B Chew; R Sundaraj; W Adams
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Publication Detail:
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 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100883611     Medline TA:  Colorectal Dis     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  567-71     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2011 The Authors. Colorectal Disease © 2011 The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.
Department of Surgery, Norwest Private Hospital Department of Pain Management, Nepean Hospital Centre for Digestive Diseases, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia.
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