Journal article

Paediatric constipation for adult surgeons - Article 2: New microscopic abnormalities and therapies

SK King, JR Sutcliffe, JM Hutson, BR Southwell

ANZ JOURNAL OF SURGERY | WILEY | Published : 2004

Abstract

Chronic constipation is a common condition in both adults and children. Children with chronic constipation frequently have symptoms that continue into adulthood. In the second part of the review we describe advances in the identification of abnormalities in the control of motility. The role of neurotransmitters in both paediatric and adult constipation is examined and the radical rethink of colonic dysmotility caused by the re-emergence of interstitial cells of Cajal is discussed. The recognition of chronic constipation as an heterogenous condition has led to the introduction of new therapies. Antegrade washouts through appendix stomas and an exciting new treatment with electrical interferen..

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