Advances in diagnostic assessment of fecal incontinence and dyssynergic defecation

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Disorders of the anorectum and pelvic floor affect approximately 25% of the population. Their evaluation and treatment have been hindered by a lack of understanding of underlying mechanism(s) and a working knowledge of the diagnostic advances in this field. A meticulous evaluation of anorectal structure and its function can provide invaluable insights to the practicing gastroenterologist regarding the pathogenic mechanism(s) of these disorders. Also, significant new knowledge has emerged over the past decade that includes the development of newer diagnostic tools such as high-resolution manometry and magnetic resonance defecography as well as a better delineation of the clinical and pathophysiologic subtypes of constipation and incontinence. This article provides an up-to-date review on the role of diagnostic tests in the evaluation of fecal incontinence and constipation with dyssynergic defecation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)910-919.e2
JournalClinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Anal Ultrasound
  • Anorectal Manometry
  • Rectal Compliance
  • Rectal Sensation
  • Wireless Motility Capsule

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology


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