1997 Volume 88 Issue 10 Pages 874-879
(Background) The influence of rectal contractions on urination was examined using multichannel urodynamic study.
(Methods) We reviewed a total of 246 consecutive urodynamic studies. Each study consisted of a uroflow measurement and multi-channel urodynamic study, evaluating total vesical pressure, abdominal (rectal) pressure, subtracted detrusor pressure and perianal electromyography. Rectal contractions were defined as periodic fluctuations over 5cm H2O in abdominal pressure detected by a rectal balloon catheter. No relationship of these contractions with cough and breathing was observed.
(Results) Of the 246 patients, 17 (6.9%) had a positive study for rectal contractions. The patients, who had positive rectal contractions, averaged 70-year-old were older than negative subjects averaged 62-year-old. In multichannel urodynamics, the flow rate was significantly decreased, and electromyographic activity was increased at the moment of each rectal contractions.
(Conclusion) The rectal contractions are not artifactual and may be regarded as one of causes responsible for urinary difficulty in the elderly.