Expert consensus document: Advances in the evaluation of anorectal function

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Faecal incontinence and evacuation disorders are common, impair quality of life and incur substantial economic costs worldwide. As symptoms alone are poor predictors of underlying pathophysiology and aetiology, diagnostic tests of anorectal function could facilitate patient management in those cases that are refractory to conservative therapies. In the past decade, several major technological advances have improved our understanding of anorectal structure, coordination and sensorimotor function. This Consensus Statement provides the reader with an appraisal of the current indications, study performance characteristics, clinical utility, strengths and limitations of the most widely available tests of anorectal structure (ultrasonography and MRI) and function (anorectal manometry, neurophysiological investigations, rectal distension techniques and tests of evacuation, including defecography). Additionally, this article provides our consensus on the clinical relevance of these tests.

Keywords: anorectal function; manometry; imaging; endoscopy; faecal incontinence; anorectal dysfunction; anus; motility disorders; anorectal function testing; evacuation disorders

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Publishing organization(s):

ESCP European Society for Coloproctology, ESNM European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, International Working Group for Disorders of Gastrointestinal Motility and Function

Scientific area:

Endoscopy, Neurogastroenterology & Motility, Radiology & Imaging

This item can be cited as: Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2018 Apr 11.; PMID 29636555

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  • Format
    • Standards and Guidelines
  • Language
    • English
  • UEG Member Society
    • European Society of Coloproctology (ESCP)
    • European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (ESNM)
  • UEG Week Pathway
    • Endoscopy
    • Neurogastroenterology & Motility
    • Radiology & Imaging
  • Year
    • 2018