Journal article

Functional disorders of the colon and anorectum

MA Kamm

Current Opinion in Gastroenterology | Published : 1995


The major development in the anorectal field over the past year has been the recognition of the high incidence of structural sphincter damage that occurs during childbirth, its characterization using anal endosonography, and the implications for surgical treatment. Fecal incontinence also occurs in patients with progressive systemic sclerosis owing to internal sphincter fibrosis and changes in rectal compliance and prolapse. The clinical efficacy and safety of laxatives and antidiarrheal drugs are reviewed. Recent reviews on biofeedback treatment and observations about altered autonomic function in constipation are covered. Congenital anorectal malformations may be related to sacral spinal c..

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