Physiology and Pathophysiology of Defaecation

  • M. A. Kamm
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The process of defaecation is complex and depends on the integration of neurological information from the brain, spinal cord, pelvic floor and colon itself. Once this information has been processed the act of defaecation relies on intact colonic and pelvic floor function. Other factors which contribute to this process include the colonic contents (bile acids, fatty acids, water and fibre content), gender, age, personality and hormonal status.


Irritable Bowel Syndrome Pelvic Floor Pelvic Floor Muscle Internal Anal Sphincter Colonic Motility 
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