Intraoperative identification and neurophysiologic parameters to verify pelvic autonomic nerve function during total mesorectal excision for rectal cancer.


BACKGROUND Preservation of parasympathetic and sympathetic nerves is required to avoid urogenital function disturbances after total mesorectal excision (TME) for rectal carcinoma. This study sought to determine whether intraoperative stimulation of parasympathetic nerves with monitoring of bladder contraction is useful in meeting this demand. STUDY DESIGN… (More)


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