Disorders of the pelvic floor and anal sphincters; a gastroenterologist's perspective

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    The integration and coordination of the musculature of the pelvic floor and the anal sphincters is critical to two important physiological functions: defecation and continence. Consequently, disorders affecting the pelvic floor muscles, the anal sphincters, their innervation or their precise coordination will, depending on their nature, result either in obstructed defecation or fecal incontinence. Both of these disorders are much more common in females and the latter, in particular, is linked with parity. While the symptomatology, presentation and optimal mode of investigation of fecal incontinence are well standardized, considerable debate and controversy continues to surround the contributions of pelvic floor and anal sphincter dysfunction to chronic constipation and the optimal clinical approach to their investigation remains to be defined. In appropriately chosen cases surgical intervention may provide the best outcome for sufferers from incontinence; biofeedback approaches may be of value in both incontinence and obstructed defecation and surgery has little role to play in the latter.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)293-298
    Number of pages6
    JournalRevista Medica Clinica Las Condes
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Mar 2013


    • Pelvic floor
    • anal sphincter
    • anismus
    • biofeedback
    • constipation
    • external anal sphincter
    • fecal incontinence
    • internal anal sphincter
    • obstructed defecation
    • puborectalis

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Medicine(all)


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