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Anal endosonography and its role in assessing the incontinent patient.

Authors
  • Thakar, Ranee
  • Sultan, Abdul H
Type
Published Article
Journal
Best practice & research. Clinical obstetrics & gynaecology
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2004
Volume
18
Issue
1
Pages
157–173
Identifiers
PMID: 15123064
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Anal endosonography is now recognized as an important investigation in the assessment of faecal incontinence. The endosonographer needs to be aware that the anatomy of the anal sphincter is complex and therefore there can be pitfalls in the interpretation of images. The findings have clinical implications on subsequent management and can contribute to prognosticating outcome. However, anal endosonography has a complementary role and other investigations, such as anal manometry, should be performed before intervention.

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