Investigating Obstructed Defaecation Syndrome (ODS)

Before confirming the diagnosis and finding a cause for obstructed defaecation, patients will require some form of endoscopic examination of the bowel either by flexible sigmoidoscopy (link) or colonoscopy (link) to ensure that it is otherwise healthy.
The most useful test to determine the cause of obstructed defaecation is a videoproctogram (link). This gives information not only about structural problems but also whether or not the pelvic floor works properly.
A transit study (link) is often performed to establish
Most patients will also have tests of their sphincter muscle function (anorectal physiology) (link) and an endoanal ultrasound scan (link) to look for any damage to the muscle.
Before confirming the diagnosis and finding a cause for obstructed defaecation, patients will require some form of endoscopic examination of the bowel either by flexible sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy to ensure that it is otherwise healthy.

The most useful test to determine the cause of obstructed defaecation is a video proctogram. This gives information not only about structural problems but also whether or not the pelvic floor works properly.
A transit study  is often also performed. 

Most patients will also have tests of their sphincter muscle function (anorectal physiology) and an endoanal ultrasound scan to look for any damage to the muscle.

The diagnosis and finding a cause for obstructed defaecation, patients will require some form of endoscopic examination of the bowel either by flexible sigmoidoscopy (link) or colonoscopy (link) to ensure that it is otherwise healthy.
The most useful test to determine the cause of obstructed defaecation is a videoproctogram (link). This gives information not only about structural problems but also whether or not the pelvic floor works properly.
A transit study (link) is often performed to establish
Most patients will also have tests of their sphincter muscle function (anorectal physiology) (link) and an endoanal ultrasound scan (link) to look for any damage to the muscle.

Before confirming the diagnosis and finding a cause for obstructed defaecation, patients will require some form of endoscopic examination of the bowel either by flexible sigmoidoscopy (link) or colonoscopy (link) to ensure that it is otherwise healthy.
The most useful test to determine the cause of obstructed defaecation is a videoproctogram (link). This gives information not only about structural problems but also whether or not the pelvic floor works properly.
A transit study (link) is often performed to establish
Most patients will also have tests of their sphincter muscle function (anorectal physiology) (link) and an endoanal ultrasound scan (link) to look for any damage to the muscle.

Before confirming the diagnosis and finding a cause for obstructed defaecation, patients will require some form of endoscopic examination of the bowel either by flexible sigmoidoscopy (link) or colonoscopy (link) to ensure that it is otherwise healthy.
The most useful test to determine the cause of obstructed defaecation is a videoproctogram (link). This gives information not only about structural problems but also whether or not the pelvic floor works properly.
A transit study (link) is often performed to establish
Most patients will also have tests of their sphincter muscle function (anorectal physiology) (link) and an endoanal ultrasound scan (link) to look for any damage to the muscle.

   

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