Pelvic floor: anatomy and function.

  title={Pelvic floor: anatomy and function.},
  author={A E Bharucha},
  journal={Neurogastroenterology and motility : the official journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society},
  volume={18 7},
  • A E Bharucha
  • Published 2006 in
    Neurogastroenterology and motility : the official…
The pelvic floor is a dome-shaped striated muscular sheet that encloses the bladder, uterus, and rectum, and, together with the anal sphincters, has an important role in regulating storage and evacuation of urine and stool. This article reviews the anatomy, nerve supply, pharmacology, and functions of the anal sphincters and the pelvic floor. The internal and external anal sphincters are primarily responsible for maintaining faecal continence at rest and when continence is threatened… CONTINUE READING