Chris Harmston

in Pelvic Floor Disorders for the Colorectal Surgeon

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Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199579624
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191768552 | DOI:

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Chapter 10 discusses anismus, a phrase coined by Lennard-Jones who coined the phrase ‘anismus’, in comparison to the well described condition of vaginismus, in 1985, and it is best described as a functional disorder in which uncoordinated relaxation of the voluntary striated anal sphincter muscle occurs during attempted evacuation, resulting in outlet obstruction constipation. It is variously named spastic pelvic floor syndrome, dyssynergia or puborectalis syndrome. For the sake of continuity it will be referred to as anismus in this text.

Chapter.  4451 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Colorectal Surgery ; Pain Medicine

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