Common Tests for the Pelvic Floor

Amy J. Thorsen, Leslie Roth
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Key Concepts

  • Disorders of anorectal function are common and have a significant impact on individual’s quality of life.
  • Anal manometry allows assessment of anorectal motor and sensory function to delineate contributing factors leading to symptoms of obstructed defecation, anal pain, and fecal incontinence.
  • Ultrasound, fluoroscopic defecography, and MR defecography provide anatomic and dynamic assessment and the impact of anatomy on function in evaluating patients with fecal incontinence, obstructed defecation, and pelvic organ prolapse.

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Key Concepts

  • Disorders of anorectal function are common and have a significant impact on individual’s quality of life.
  • Anal manometry allows assessment of anorectal motor and sensory function to delineate contributing factors leading to symptoms of obstructed defecation, anal pain, and fecal incontinence.
  • Ultrasound, fluoroscopic defecography, and MR defecography provide anatomic and dynamic assessment and the impact of anatomy on function in evaluating patients with fecal incontinence, obstructed defecation, and pelvic organ prolapse.

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Last updated: January 26, 2022