Postoperative Fecoflowmetric Analysis in Patients with Anorectal Malformation


Because conventional methods of evaluating anorectal function do not necessarily provide good correlations between investigative results and symptoms in patients who have undergone surgery for an anorectal malformation (ARM), we recently introduced fecoflowmetry (FFM) to simulate natural anorectal evacuation. The purpose of this study was to embody significant parameters to elucidate the dynamics of anorectal activity on FFM. The parameters of FFM were compared with those of manometry and Kelly's clinical score (KCS) in 24 patients who underwent surgery for an ARM. There were three fecoflow patterns, namely, block (B) type, segmental (S) type, and flat (F) type. The B-type or S-type patterns were seen in patients classified as "clinically good." There were close relationships between the fecoflow pattern and both the operative procedure and the KCS (P = 0.01 and 0.001, respectively). Maximum fecal stream flow rate (F max) precisely reflected the tolerance rate of intended normal saline solution in the colorectum (TR), the evacuative rate (ER), and KCS. F max > 45 ml/s or TR > 70% or ER > 50% was statistically regarded as the borderline of fecal continence. Thus, the fecoflow pattern might reflect the motor activity of the pelvic floor muscle. FFM provided quantiative and qualitative evaluations concerning anorectal motor activity in patients who had undergone surgery for an ARM.

DOI: 10.1007/s005950170149

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@article{Yagi2001PostoperativeFA, title={Postoperative Fecoflowmetric Analysis in Patients with Anorectal Malformation}, author={Minoru Yagi and Makoto Iwafuchi and Masanori Uchiyama and Yasushi Iinuma and Satoshi Kanada and Masahiro Ohtaki and Satoru Yamazaki and Shinji Homma}, journal={Surgery Today}, year={2001}, volume={31}, pages={300-307} }