Journal article

Female anal sphincter: Age-related differences in asymptomatic volunteers with high-frequency endoanal US

A Frudinger, S Halligan, CI Bartram, AB Price, MA Kamm, R Winter

RADIOLOGY | RADIOLOGICAL SOC NORTH AMERICA | Published : 2002

Abstract

PURPOSE: To evaluate endoanal ultrasonographic (US) anatomy in a large group of nulliparous women by using a high-frequency 10-MHz transducer to define normal age-related differences in sphincter morphology. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred fifty asymptomatic nulliparous women (mean age, 31 years; range, 19-80 years) underwent endoanal US with a high-frequency 10-MHz transducer. Anal canal structures were measured at high, middle, and low levels and were correlated with age by using the Pearson simple linear correlation coefficient. RESULTS: Internal sphincter thickness showed a highly significant positive correlation with age at both sites at which it was measured (high anal canal, r = 0...

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