Visceral perception thresholds after rectal thermal and pressure stimuli in irritable bowel syndrome patients.
Yanqing Li, Yanmei Wang, Xiuli Zuo, Yuting Guo, Haiyan Zhang, Xuefeng Lu, Junman Li, Paul V Desmond
European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology | Published : 2004
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Visceral hypersensitivity has been shown to be present in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The current study sought to compare the characteristics of visceral perception thresholds after rectal thermal and pressure stimuli between IBS patients and healthy subjects. METHODS: A total of 46 patients with IBS were diagnosed using Rome II criteria. Thirteen healthy individuals participated in the study. Rectal visceral perception thresholds were examined in patients with IBS and in normal controls after thermal and pressure stimuli. Subjects were asked to report the sensation type, location, and spread. RESULTS: Compared with healthy subjects, IBS patients demonstrated signific..View full abstract