Journal article

Neuropeptides in the internal anal sphincter in neurogenic faecal incontinence.

CT Speakman, CH Hoyle, MA Kamm, MM Henry, RJ Nicholls, G Burnstock

Int J Colorectal Dis | Published : 1993


The internal anal sphincter has both an intrinsic and extrinsic innervation which modulates its activity. While the nature of the extrinsic innervation has been well characterised, the same is not true of the intrinsic innervation. Although a variety of neurotransmitters have been identified in the human internal anal sphincter, their physiological role in health, and possible involvement in disease processes, have received little attention. Using immunohistochemistry we have studied the distribution and nerve fibre densities of a range of neuropeptides in the internal anal sphincter from 12 cancer patients (controls) and from 16 patients with neurogenic faecal incontinence. We have also stu..

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