Journal article

Randomized controlled trial of topical phenylephrine in the treatment of faecal incontinence.

EA Carapeti, MA Kamm, RK Phillips

British Journal of Surgery | Published : 2000

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Anal incontinence due to internal sphincter dysfunction is not amenable to simple surgical repair. The alpha-adrenergic agonist phenylephrine produces contraction of the internal sphincter and raises resting pressure when applied topically in healthy volunteers. The effect of topical phenylephrine in the treatment of faecal incontinence due to internal sphincter dysfunction was investigated. METHODS: Thirty-six patients (22 women) aged 28-81 (mean 58) years with faecal incontinence and ultrasonographically structurally normal anal sphincter muscles were treated with topical 10 per cent phenylephrine and placebo gels, allocated in random order in a double-blind crossover study. Ma..

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