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Dis Colon Rectum. 1992 Feb;35(2):145-50.

Prospective assessment of biofeedback for the treatment of paradoxical puborectalis contraction.

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  • 1Department of Colorectal Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Fort Lauderdale.


Eighteen patients with chronic constipation were diagnosed as having paradoxical puborectalis contraction (PPC) as the cause for their constipation. The diagnosis of PPC was made after office evaluation, colonic transit study, manometry, cinedefecography, and electromyography (EMG). These 18 patients had a mean duration of symptoms of 26.9 years; none of these patients had unassisted bowel movements. Fourteen patients had a mean of 4.6 laxative-induced bowel evacuations per week, and 11 patients had a mean of 4.4 enema-induced bowel evacuations per week. Patients underwent a mean of 8.9 one-hour EMG-based biofeedback sessions. At a mean follow-up of 9.1 (range, 0.5-12) months, these 18 patients had a mean of 7.3 unassisted bowel actions per week (P less than 0.0001). In addition, persistent laxative use was reported by only two patients, and, in both cases, this was once a week or less (P less than 0.001). Similarly, enema use was reported by only three patients, one once weekly and the other two thrice weekly (P less than 0.002). No biofeedback-related complications were identified. EMG-based biofeedback is a valuable technique associated with an 89 percent success rate in the treatment of PPC.

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