anorectal manometry

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anorectal manometry

A procedure that measures the tension in the external and internal anal sphincters, as part of a work-up for constipation or faecal incontinence.
 
Procedure
After evacuation of the bowel with enemas, a metal tube is inserted ± 15 cm through which a second, thinner tube is inserted, which has an inflatable balloon at its end; the pressure response of the rectal wall to the expanding balloon is measured.
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In patients with fecal incontinence, for example, anal ultrasound is the cornerstone of treatment, but anal manometry, EMG, and pudendal nerve assessment "round out the evaluation," she said at a symposium on pelvic floor disorders sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic Florida.
Anal manometry, however, is not well standardized, Dr.
Patients in this series were identified using a complete urologic evaluation, sigmoidoscopy, anal manometry, anal sonography, and pudendal nerve terminal motor latency studies.