Rectal compliance: a critical reappraisal

Robert D Madoff, W. J. Orrom, David A Rothenberger, S. M. Goldberg

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Compliance is a widely measured parameter of rectal function. Its value is determined clinically by recording pressure changes associated with volume infusion into a rectal balloon. This paper examines the inherent assumptions of the rectal balloon technique and discusses several of its shortcomings. A stricter definition of rectal compliance is needed, and in vivo compliance should be correlated with the directly measured mechanical properties of the rectal wall.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-40
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Colorectal Disease
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 1990

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