Rectal visceral sensitivity in healthy volunteers: influences of gender, age and methods.

@article{Sloots2000RectalVS,
  title={Rectal visceral sensitivity in healthy volunteers: influences of gender, age and methods.},
  author={Cornelius E. J. Sloots and Richelle J. F. Felt-Bersma and Miguel A Cuesta and Stephan G. M. Meuwissen},
  journal={Neurogastroenterology and motility : the official journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society},
  year={2000},
  volume={12 4},
  pages={361-8}
}
The barostat is a device that maintains a constant pressure within an air-filled polyethylene bag by means of a feedback mechanism. The system measures variations in rectal tone by recording changes in the intrarectal pressure and volume. Different procedures, such as ramp distension or intermittent distension, are used to test visceral sensitivity and rectal wall compliance. It is not quite clear which method is preferable and how the barostat measurements compare with those of the… CONTINUE READING

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