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BACKGROUND AND AIMS Fecal incontinence is common. The potential contribution of colon function to continence has not been studied. Treatment is poorly codified. To evaluate colonic transit time (CTT) and its importance in the management of fecal incontinence we analyzed in a retrospective study the CTT in patients with fecal incontinence, and on this basis(More)
OBJECTIVES Colonic response to food is possibly abnormal in constipation. METHODS The colonic response to food was evaluated in 323 patients and 60 healthy subjects by following the movements of radiopaque markers after ingestion of a standard 1,000-cal test meal. Constipated patients were divided into four groups: one with a normal, and three with a(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of the present study was to search for a synergetic action between psyllium and a defecation-inducing drug, Eductyl, for symptom relief in patients suffering from chronic constipation. METHODS Twenty healthy volunteers and 20 patients complaining of chronic constipation were included in a randomized crossover study. The study was(More)