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Colon, Rectum and Anus: Anatomic, Physiologic and Diagnostic Bases for Disease Management

  • Carlo Ratto
  • Angelo Parello
  • Lorenza Donisi
  • Francesco Litta
Reference work

Part of the Coloproctology book series (COLOPROCT, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Anatomy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Ezio Falletto
      Pages 35-40
  3. Physiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Gabrio Bassotti, Edda Battaglia
      Pages 43-53
    3. Richelle J. F. Felt-Bersma
      Pages 55-69
    4. Klaus Krogh, Janne Fassov
      Pages 71-77
    5. Simona Giuratrabocchetta, Ivana Giannini
      Pages 79-84
  4. Diagnosis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Carlo Ratto, Francesco Litta, Lorenza Donisi, Angelo Parello
      Pages 113-125
    3. Julie Ann Van Koughnett, Marylise Boutros, Steven D. Wexner
      Pages 127-150
    4. Sebastiano Biondo, Loris Trenti, Alvaro Garcia-Granero, Esther Kreisler
      Pages 151-165
    5. Ramon A. Brown, Clyde N. Ellis
      Pages 167-179
    6. Lucio Petruzziello, Santi Greco
      Pages 181-202
    7. Marc Giovannini
      Pages 203-213

About this book


This is the first volume in the new Springer Major Reference Work series entitled Coloproctology. The book covers key topics in the anatomy and physiology of the colon, rectum and anus and the diagnosis of colorectal/anal diseases and disorders. It thus forms a sound basis for further volumes in the series that will focus on the treatment of more specific clinical conditions. The subjects addressed in the volume are crucial to effective patient management and the book highlights the fact that adequate diagnostic assessment of a given disease is significantly related to the pathophysiologic interpretation of the pathologic process. The purpose of the volume is to provide readers with up-to-date knowledge on colorectal and anal anatomy and physiology, particularly from a treatment perspective and to describe the methodology to be employed in choosing the best diagnostic work-up in coloproctology.


Colorectal anatomy Colorectal and anal surgery Diagnosis in coloproctology Endoscopy of the colon and rectum Imaging of anorectal diseases

Editors and affiliations

  • Carlo Ratto
    • 1
  • Angelo Parello
    • 2
  • Lorenza Donisi
    • 3
  • Francesco Litta
    • 4
  1. 1.Catholic UniversityDepartment of Surgical Sciences, Proctology UnitRomeItaly
  2. 2.Department of Surgical Sciences, Proctology UnitCatholic UniversityRomeItaly
  3. 3.Department of Surgical Sciences, Proctology UnitCatholic UniversityRomeItaly
  4. 4.Department of Surgical Sciences, Proctology UnitCatholic UniversityRomeItaly

About the editors

Prof. Ratto is Researcher at the Department of Surgical Sciences, Catholic University, Rome. His clinical practice, at the Division of Chirurgia Digestiva, Department of Surgical Sciences of Catholic University, Rome (Policlinico "A. Gemelli"), focuses on the colo-recto-anal disorders. He is actively involved in research on: colorectal cancer anal cancer, anorectal physiology (concerning anorectal manometry, electrophysiology studies, endoanal ultrasound in benign anorectal disorders), fecal incontinence and constipation, hemorrhoids, fistula-in-ano, rectocele. He is author of a number of scientific publications on international journals and presented the results of his research at national and international scientific meetings. He is Editor of the book entitled “Fecal Incontinence. Diagnosis and Treatment”, Springer Ed., May 2007. He is a member of: American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS), European Society of Coloproctology (ESCP), Italian Society of Colorectal Surgery (SICCR), Italian Society of Surgery (SIC), Italian Society of Oncologic Surgery (SICO) He was General Secretary of the Italian Society of Colorectal Surgery (SICCR), 2006-7. He was National Scientific Secretary of the Italian Group for Sacral Neuromodulation (GINS). He is co-Editor of the journal Techniques in Coloproctology. He has been Delegate of Italy to the European Society of Coloproctology (ESCP).  

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“The purpose is to provide up‐to‐date information on the basics of colorectal surgery, covering a broad variety of topics. … The audience seems to be practitioners who may encounter proctology in the office setting and those already with a knowledge base in colorectal or general surgery … . this is a terrific reference. … I applaud the authors for their innovative and fresh approach to what is usually a dry subject.” (Shauna Lorenzo–Rivero, Doody's Book Reviews, February, 2017)