Anorectal Manometry in Children. The Update on the Indications and the Protocol of the Procedure

Caterina Strisciuglio, Marcin Banasiuk, Silvia Salvatore, Osvaldo Borrelli, Annamaria Staiano, Michiel Van Wijk, Yvan Vandenplas, Marc A Benninga, Nikhil Thapar

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ABSTRACT: Anorectal disorders are common in children. They are related to structural and/or functional abnormalities of the anorectum or pelvic floor with a variety of symptoms. Therefore, diagnostic tests to evaluate anorectal function can help to better understand the underlying pathophysiology and aetiology as well as facilitate patient management. During the past decades substantial efforts have been made to improve anorectal function testing, however more advanced investigations might lead to difficulties in interpretation. Additionally, a great diversity of equipment and protocols are used among centres, which may lead to heterogeneous interpretation of results. More studies to standardize methods of testing and validate reference values are strongly recommended in children. This review updates on the current indications and the protocol of anorectal manometry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)440-445
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Issue number4
Early online date7 Jan 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2022

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