Sonographic Characteristics of Rectal Sensations in Healthy Females.

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PURPOSE: This study was designed to characterize rectal sensations by visualizing the internal and external anal sphincter and intra-anal transport of bolus during elicited rectal sensations. METHODS: The anal canal was visualized with real-time transperineal ultrasonography in 13 healthy female volunteers. Rectal sensations were elicited by injecting water into the rectum. The ultrasound images were recorded on a videotape and analyzed offline. RESULTS: The median time between an injection of water and the events studied was calculated in 105 rectal sensations. A relaxation in the internal anal sphincter (4 seconds after the injection of water), an antegrade transport of bolus (4 seconds) into the anal canal, and a contraction in the external anal sphincter (5 seconds) were observed before a sensation (6 seconds) was reported. The antegrade flow continued until the distal internal anal sphincter contracted (18 seconds) and the bolus moved in a retrograde transport direction (17 seconds) thereafter the sensation disappeared (18 seconds) and the external anal sphincter relaxed (22 seconds). A significant correlation in time between the end of the sensation, contraction in the internal anal sphincter, reversed flow of anal contents, and relaxation of the external anal sphincter was found (Pearson, P<0.01). CONCLUSIONS: The results verified that the internal anal sphincter contributes to the perception of rectal sensations by a relaxation allowing intra-anal bolus to increase the pressure on the anoderm during rectal contraction. A new observation is presented on the time relation between contraction in the distal internal anal sphincter, reversed flow in the anal canal, and the end of rectal sensations.


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Sidor (från-till)64-68
TidskriftDiseases of the Colon & Rectum
Utgåva nummer1
StatusPublished - 2007
Peer review utfördJa