The authors report their experience in the treatment of the chronic constipation in paediatric age. During the last 3 years (1991-1994), 230 children presenting chronic constipation have been studied at the Strumental Gastroenterologic Department of Children Hospital Bambino Gesù; 19 of them (8%), 10 male and 9 female, were studied with anorectal manometry, defecography and Intestinal Transit test. All the patients had a overtone (high squeeze) of the anal sphincter and the medical treatment was unsuccessful. They underwent sphincteromyectomy by posterior approach. In 17 patients it has been obtained a notable improvement of the symptomatology with regularization of the evacuations. The simplicity of the surgical technique, the absence of complications and the obtained results confirm the validity of sphinteromyectomy in the therapy of the chronic constipation in paediatric age. Interoperating anorectal manometry proved to be essential both in modulating sphincteromyectomy and in its eventual complications.
|Translated title of the contribution||Surgical therapy of chronic constipation in paediatric age|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - May 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health