Journal article

Short-Term Interferential Transabdominal Electrical Stimulation Did Not Change Oral-Rectal Transit Time in Piglets

Andre YF Tan, Magdy Sourial, John M Hutson, Bridget R Southwell

NEUROMODULATION | WILEY | Published : 2018


BACKGROUND: Transcutaneous electrical stimulation (TES) using interferential current (IFC) is a new therapeutic treatment for constipation. Clinical studies show that TES-IFC for 3-6 months improves colonic transit, but it is not clear if short-term stimulation affects transit or the effect requires longer to develop. The aim of this study was to determine if TES-IFC for only four days affects oral-rectal transit time in healthy pigs. METHODS: Twenty-two 4-5-week old large white female piglets had transit studies during week 4 and week 5 by placing a capsule containing 18 radiopaque plastic markers in the esophagus under anesthetic followed by x-rays at 6, 30, 54, and 78 hours. Animals were ..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Development Grant APP1000820 2010-2012 and Senior Research Fellowship (BS, 607396, 1023095), MCRI Theme Investment Funding and supported by the 'Victorian Government Operational Infrastructural Support Program'.