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Gastroenterol Clin North Am. 2008 Sep;37(3):511-38, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.gtc.2008.06.010.

Manometric, sensorimotor, and neurophysiologic evaluation of anorectal function.

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GI Physiology Unit and Neurogastroenterology Group (Centre for Academic Surgery), Institute of Cell and Molecular Science, Barts, London, UK.


With advances in diagnostic technology, it is now accepted that in the field of functional bowel disorders, symptom-based assessment is unsatisfactory as the sole means of directing therapy. A robust taxonomy based on underlying pathophysiology has been suggested, highlighting a crucial role for physiologic testing in clinical practice. A wide number of complementary investigations currently exist for the assessment of anorectal structure and function, some of which have a clinical impact in patients with functional disorders of evacuation and continence by markedly improving diagnostic yield and altering management. The techniques, limitations, measurements, and clinical use of manometric, sensorimotor, and neurophysiologic tests of anorectal function are presented.

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