Obstructed Defecation (OD) and Related Diseases

  • Mario Pescatori


Much has changed in the last three decades, since surgery for rectocele is no longer carried out by gynecologists alone and the term “obstructed defecation” is now well known even among non-specialists. Prior to 1980, only a few surgeons even considered the puborectalis muscle and very few radiologists had performed a defecography. Moreover, in this age of Internet medicine, you might receive a telephone call from a worried patient saying: “Doctor, please help me, I have a rectocele, I spend hours on the toilet and strain all the time!”


Rectal Prolapse Anal Incontinence Puborectalis Muscle Rectovaginal Septum Obstruct Defecation Syndrome 


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  • Mario Pescatori
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  1. 1.Coloproctology UnitArs Medica Hospital and La Sapienza UniversityRomeItaly

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