Journal article

Randomized, controlled trial of anal electrical stimulation for fecal incontinence

C Norton, A Gibbs, MA Kamm

Diseases of the Colon and Rectum | SPRINGER | Published : 2006


PURPOSE: Anal electric stimulation has been described as effective for fecal incontinence in several case series, but no study has addressed possible mechanism of benefit. We wished to examine whether anal electric stimulation, using an anal probe electrode, used on a daily basis at home for eight weeks, in the absence of any adjunctive exercises or advice, would improve symptoms of fecal incontinence and anal sphincter pressures when compared with "sham" electric stimulation. METHODS: Ninety patients (9 males, 81 females), with median age of 55 (range, 30-77) years were randomized, 47 to active anal stimulation at 35 Hz and 43 to "sham" stimulation at 1 Hz. Outcome measures included a one-w..

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