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The anal reflex in idiopathic faecal incontinence: an electrophysiological study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7427035     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We have recorded the latency of the anal reflex, using a simple electrophysiological method, in 22 patients with anorectal incontinence and in 33 control subjects without anorectal disease. The mean latency in the control subjects was 8.3 ms (range 5-11.3 ms). In the patients with faecal incontinence the mean latency of the anal reflex was 13.0 ms (range 6.5-22.0 ms). The reflex latency was within the normal range in only three incontinent patients. These findings support our concept, based on histological examination of the external anal sphincter musculature, that a major cause of this syndrome is denervation of these muscles due to damage to the innervation of the external anal sphincter and puborectalis muscles.
M M Henry; A G Parks; M Swash
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of surgery     Volume:  67     ISSN:  0007-1323     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Surg     Publication Date:  1980 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1981-01-29     Completed Date:  1981-01-29     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372553     Medline TA:  Br J Surg     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  781-3     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Anal Canal / physiopathology*
Fecal Incontinence / physiopathology*
Middle Aged
Reaction Time / physiology
Rectal Prolapse / physiopathology
Reflex / physiology*

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