Journal article

Abnormal visceral autonomic innervation in neurogenic faecal incontinence.

CT Speakman, MA Kamm

Gut | Published : 1993

Abstract

Changes of denervation in the anal sphincter striated and smooth muscle in patients with neurogenic faecal incontinence are well established. This study aimed to determine if there is also a more proximal visceral autonomic abnormality. Thirty women with purely neurogenic faecal incontinence (prolonged pudendal nerve latencies and an intact sphincter ring) and 12 patients with neuropathic changes together with an anatomical disruption were studied. Two control groups consisted of 18 healthy volunteer women and 17 women with normal innervation but an anatomically disrupted sphincter. Rectal sensation was assessed using balloon distension and electrical mucosal stimulation, and anal sensation ..

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