Journal article

Rectal sensory evoked potentials: an assessment of their clinical value.

CT Speakman, MA Kamm, M Swash

Int J Colorectal Dis | Published : 1993


To assess abnormalities of sensory conduction in anorectal disease we have evaluated peripheral sensory perception and somatosensory evoked potentials produced by rectal stimulation in control subjects and patients with either constipation or idiopathic faecal incontinence. Evoked potentials were also recorded after posterior tibial and dorsal genital nerve stimulation. Rectal sensation was also assessed using electrical stimulation. Reproducible evoked potential recordings after anorectal stimulation were possible in only a minority of subjects and when recorded showed intersubject and intrasubject variation. In the constipated group there was a significant difference in rectal electrical s..

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