Effect of electrostimulation on sphincter function in neurogenic fecal continence
- 28 Downloads
PURPOSE: This study was designed to examine the effects of electrostimulation on sphincter function. METHODS: Electric stimulation was performed twice a day for 30 minutes over a 12-week period on 10 patients with neurogenic fecal incontinence. Anal manometry was repeated after 6 and 12 weeks. RESULTS: Two patients experienced some improvement. Mean resting pressure was increased by 0.6 (−5.8 to +5.3) kPa and mean squeezing pressure by 0.3 (−1.6 to +2.6) kPa. All values remained below continent levels. An increase in squeezing pressure after both 6 and 12 weeks was recorded in only one patient. CONCLUSION: Electrostimulation does not improve internal or external sphincter function. There is no indication that it will do so in the long term either.
Key wordsFecal incontinence Electric stimulation Anal manometry
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- 1.Rowedder K. Electrostimulation therapy for anal incontinence. Coloproctology 1984;6:178–9.Google Scholar
- 3.Caldwell KP. A new treatment of rectal prolapse. J R Soc Med 1965;58:792–4.Google Scholar
- 5.Restauration of anal sphincter tone by electronic implant. In: Goligher JC, Duthie HL, Nixon HH, eds. Surgery of the anus rectum and colon. London: Bailliere Tindall, 1975:306.Google Scholar
- 6.Knoch HG. Conservative treatment of partial anal incontinence. Coloproctology 1986;8:181–3.Google Scholar
- 7.Larpent JL, Cuer JC, Da Poigny M. Clinical and manometric results of electrical stimulation in patients with anal incontinence. Coloproctology 1987;9:183–4.Google Scholar
- 9.Duthie HL, Electrical stimulation. In: Irvine WT, ed. Modem trends in surgery-3. London: Butterworths, 1971:102–4.Google Scholar
- 1.aRowedder K. Electrostimulation therapy for anal incontinence. Coloproctology 1984;6:178–9.Google Scholar