The Japanese journal of surgery

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 79–81 | Cite as

Rectal pressure and rectal compliance in ulcerative colitis

  • Hiroshi Suzuki
  • Masaki Fujioka
Short Communications


Anorectal manometry, coupled with measurement of rectal compliance, was carried out on 11 healthy subjects and 9 patients with ulcerative colitis. Resting pressure profile of the anorectum but basal rhythmic contraction of the anal canal was normal in most of the patients and rectoanal reflex was positive in all. Rectal compliance was, however, significantly decreased in 7 of 9 patients. These results suggest that distensibility of the rectum may be decreased in cases of ulcerative colitis and that measurements of resting pressure profile, rectoanal reflex, and rectal compliance may be helpful in selecting patients suitable for elective surgery to preserve sphincter function.

Key words

ulcerative colitis anorectal pressure rectal compliance 


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© The Japan Surgical Society 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hiroshi Suzuki
    • 1
  • Masaki Fujioka
    • 1
  1. 1.The Second Department of SurgeryMie University School of MedicineEdobashiJapan

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