Micturitional dysfunction after anterior resection for rectal cancer - Rehabilitative treatment

R. Zanolla, T. Torelli, B. Campo, G. Ordesi

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A clinical study was made of 21 patients (13 men and eight women) who had undergone anterior resection of the rectum for cancer at the National Tumour Institute of Milan between April 1984 and April 1985. After surgery, 13 patients (including three men with benign prostatic hypertrophy) showed voiding dysfunctions (hesitancy, dysuria, and weak stream) and bladder areflexia. Two of them also had positive Lapides' tests. An early rehabilitative treatment was started after surgery and the entire group was thoroughly reexamined one year later. Only the two patients with positive Lapides' tests still had bladder areflexia with residual urine greater than 100 ml. One of them also had a urinary tract infection. None of them showed decreased renal function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)707-709
Number of pages3
JournalDiseases of the Colon and Rectum
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1988


  • Bladder dysfunction
  • Rectal cancer
  • Rehabilitation
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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