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The relationship between perineal descent and pudendal nerve damage was tested in 57 consecutive patients by measuring the left and right pudendal nerve terminal motor latency (PNTML) before and after a maximal defaecation straining effort. In 13 patients the PNTML was also measured 1 and 4 min later. The difference between the mean PNTML before and after(More)
Differences in the left and right pudendal nerve terminal motor latencies have been observed in patients with pelvic floor disorders. Until now the mean value of the left and right pudendal latencies has been used as the index of pudendal neuropathy. In 22 patients of a group of 156 patients studied the pudendal nerve terminal motor latency was abnormally(More)
Normal defaecation requires a continence mechanism and a process of evacuation. This implies a normal anatomical arrangement of the rectum and anus including a reservoir capacity and a nerve supply which integrates and regulates the complex function of the pelvic floor. Disorders of defaecation therefore consist of alterations in continence or failure to(More)
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