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J Pediatr Surg. 1979 Oct;14(5):538-43.

A clinical and manometric correlation for assessment of postoperative continence in imperforate anus.

Abstract

Functional results after surgical correction of anorectal malformations were assessed on a clinical basis following Kelly score and by manometric study. Forty-six patients, aged 2--17, were personally interviewed and 25 of these 46 had manometric studies to evaluate postoperative continence. The manometric study was also performed on 35 normal children as a control group. Continent patients characteristically had marked high pressure zones as did the normal subjects. On the other hand, in the patients with fair or poor results, the anorectal pressure profile had no marked high pressure zone in the anal canal. The presence of normal anal pressure at rest as well as adequate ano-rectal pressure difference was found to correlate well with continence. In patients with perineoplasty, the ano-rectal reflex correlated well with continence but not in patients treated by abdominoperineal rectoplasty.

PMID:
512796
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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