Dyssynergic Defecation and Biofeedback Therapy

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Constipation caused by dyssynergic defecation is common and affects up to one half of patients with this disorder. It is possible to diagnose this problem through history, prospective stool diaries, and anorectal physiologic tests. Randomized controlled trials have now established that biofeedback therapy is not only efficacious but superior to other modalities and that the symptom improvement is caused by a change in underlying pathophysiology. Development of userfriendly approaches to biofeedback therapy and use of home biofeedback programs will significantly enhance the adoption of this treatment by gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)569-586
Number of pages18
JournalGastroenterology Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Anorectal disorder
  • Biofeedback therapy
  • Constipation
  • Dyssynergic defecation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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