[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background
Sacral nerve stimulation (SNS) is now well established as a treatment for fecal incontinence (FI) resistant to conservative measures and may also have utility in the management of chronic constipation; however, mechanism of action is not fully understood. End organ effects of SNS have been studied in both clinical and experimental settings, but interpretation is difficult due to the multitude of techniques used and heterogeneity of reported findings. The aim of this study was to systematically review available evidence on the mechanisms of SNS in the treatment of FI and constipation.Methods
Two systematic reviews of the literature (performed in accordance with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses framework) were performed to identify manuscripts pertaining to (a) clinical and (b) physiological effects of SNS during the management of hindgut dysfunction.Key ResultsThe clinical literature search revealed 161 articles, of which 53 were deemed suitable for analysis. The experimental literature search revealed 43 articles, of which nine were deemed suitable for analysis. These studies reported results of investigative techniques examining changes in cortical, gastrointestinal, colonic, rectal, and anal function.Conclusions & InferencesThe initial hypothesis that the mechanism of SNS was primarily peripheral motor neurostimulation is not supported by the majority of recent studies. Due to the large body of evidence demonstrating effects outside of the anorectum, it appears likely that the influence of SNS on anorectal function occurs at a pelvic afferent or central level.
Neurogastroenterology and Motility 09/2014; 26(9). · 2.94 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: IntroductionAlthough sacral neuromodulation (SNM) is an established treatment for faecal incontinence, stimulation parameters have been derived empirically and only one frequency (14 Hz) is employed clinically. The aim of this study was to test a range of stimulation frequencies to establish an optimal frequency of SNM for maximum augmentation of anal canal cortical evoked potentials (EPs) in an animal model.Methods
In female Wistar rats, anal canal EPs were recorded over the primary somatosensory cortex using a flexible multielectrode array, and the effect of SNM was studied. SNM was applied at 0·1–100 Hz and a frequency response curve plotted. The data were fitted to a quadratic equation.ResultsThe magnitude of potentiation of anal canal EPs caused by SNM depended significantly on stimulation frequency (P < 0·001). The frequency–potentiation relationship was parabolic in form, with a clear optimum at 2 Hz. The SNM must be applied for at least 3 min. The theoretical maximal potentiation predicted by the model was not found to be statistically different to actual data recorded (P = 0·514–0·814). The response depended on stimulation amplitude in an ‘all-or-nothing’ fashion. EPs were augmented when the SNM intensity was 0·5 times the motor threshold to tail twitch or greater, but values below this intensity failed to affect the EPs.Conclusion
The effect of SNM in this animal model is governed principally by frequency, with an optimum of 2 Hz. If animal data can be translated to humans, optimization of SNM frequency may offer a clinically relevant improvement in the efficacy of SNM.Surgical relevanceSacral neuromodulation (SNM) for faecal incontinence currently employs stimulation parameters that have been derived empirically and may not be optimal. This study used an animal model of SNM and focused on its acute effect on anal canal cortical evoked potentials (EPs). It was found that SNM potentiated EPs, with a clear optimum at a frequency of 2 Hz. If this finding is applicable to the mechanism of action of human SNM, this suggests that there may be a clinically relevant improvement by reducing stimulus frequency from its typical value of 14 Hz to 2 Hz.
British Journal of Surgery 07/2014; · 4.84 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Chronic visceral pain affects millions of individuals worldwide and remains poorly understood, with current therapeutic options constrained by gastrointestinal (GI) side effects. Visceral pain is strongly associated with inflammation and distension of the gut. Here we report that the voltage-gated sodium channel subtype NaV1.9 is expressed in half of gut-projecting rodent dorsal root ganglia sensory neurons. We show that NaV1.9 is required for normal mechanosensation, for direct excitation and for sensitisation of mouse colonic afferents by mediators from inflammatory bowel disease tissues, and by noxious inflammatory mediators individually. Excitatory responses to ATP or PGE2 were substantially reduced in NaV1.9-/- mice. Deletion of NaV1.9 substantially attenuates excitation, and subsequent mechanical hypersensitivity, following application of inflammatory soup (bradykinin, ATP, histamine, PGE2 and 5HT) to visceral nociceptors located in the serosa and mesentery. Responses to mechanical stimulation of mesenteric afferents were also reduced by loss of NaV1.9 and there was a rightward shift in stimulus-response function to ramp colonic distension. By contrast, responses to rapid, high-intensity phasic distension of the colon are initially unaffected; however run-down of responses to repeat phasic distension were exacerbated in NaV1.9-/- afferents. Finally colonic afferent activation by supernatants derived from inflamed human tissue was greatly reduced in NaV1.9-/- mice. These results demonstrate that NaV1.9 is required for persistence of responses to intense mechanical stimulation, contributes to inflammatory mechanical hypersensitivity and is essential for activation by noxious inflammatory mediators including those from diseased human bowel. These observations indicate that NaV1.9 represents a high-value target for development of visceral analgesics.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The Joint hypermobility syndrome (JHS) is a non-inflammatory connective tissue disorder with a prevalence of 20%. It is characterised by joint hypermobility,chronic pain, fibromyalgia (FM) and dysautonomia. Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms e.g., dyspepsia, reflux, bloating and constipation are present in up to 80% of affected individuals. Small studies suggest that FGID are common in these patients yet no controlled studies have systematically investigated if JHS is associated with particular GI diagnoses nor explored the effect of JHS on non-GI symptom presentation and quality of life (QOL).
Gut 06/2014; 63(Suppl 1):A194-A195. · 10.73 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Autonomic nervous system dysfunction has been implicated in visceral hypersensitivity. However, the specific contribution of the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) is unclear. We aimed to determine whether physiological and pharmacological manipulation of parasympathetic tone influences the development of hypersensitivity in a validated model of acid-induced oesophageal pain.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Current diagnostic methods for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) have moderate sensitivity/specificity and can be invasive and expensive. Pepsin detection in saliva has been proposed as an 'office-based' method for GORD diagnosis. The aims of this study were to establish normal values of salivary pepsin in healthy asymptomatic subjects and to determine its value to discriminate patients with reflux-related symptoms (GORD, hypersensitive oesophagus (HO)) from functional heartburn (FH).
100 asymptomatic controls and 111 patients with heartburn underwent MII-pH monitoring and simultaneous salivary pepsin determination on waking, after lunch and dinner. Cut-off value for pepsin positivity was 16 ng/mL. Patients were divided into GORD (increased acid exposure time (AET), n=58); HO (normal AET and + Symptom Association Probability (SAP), n=26) and FH (normal AET and-SAP, n=27).
1/3 of asymptomatic subjects had pepsin in saliva at low concentration (0(0-59)ng/mL). Patients with GORD and HO had higher prevalence and pepsin concentration than controls (HO, 237(52-311)ng/mL and GORD, 121(29-252)ng/mL)(p<0.05). Patients with FH had low prevalence and concentration of pepsin in saliva (0(0-40) ng/mL). A positive test had 77.6% sensitivity and 63.2% specificity for diagnosis of GORD+HO (likelihood ratio: 2.2). However, one positive sample with >210 ng/mL pepsin suggested presence of GORD+HO with 96% specificity (likelihood ratio: 24.4). Only 18/84 (21.4%) of GORD+HO patients had 3 negative samples.
In patients with symptoms suggestive of GORD, salivary pepsin testing may complement questionnaires to assist office-based diagnosis. This may lessen the use of unnecessary antireflux therapy and the need for further invasive and expensive diagnostic methods.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Two types of neuromodulation are currently practised for the treatment of fecal incontinence (FI): sacral nerve stimulation (SNS) and percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS). This study compares these therapies, as no data exist to prospectively assess their relative efficacy and costs.
The subjects of this study were two distinct cohorts undergoing SNS (between 2003 and 2008) or PTNS (2008-onwards) for FI. Clinical outcomes assessed at 3 months included incontinence scores and the number of weekly incontinence episodes. The direct medical costs for each procedure were calculated from the audited expenditure of our unit.
Thirty-seven patients (94.6 % women) underwent permanent SNS and 146 (87.7 % women) underwent PTNS. The mean pre-treatment incontinence score (±SD) was greater in the SNS cohort (14 ± 4 vs. 12 ± 4) and the mean post-treatment incontinence scores were similar for the two therapies (9 ± 5 vs. 10 ± 4), with a greater effect size evident in the SNS patients. In a 'pseudo case-control' analysis with 37 "matched" patients, the effect of both treatments was similar. The cost of treating a patient for 1 year was £11 374 ($18 223) for permanent SNS vs. £1740 ($2784) for PTNS.
Given the lesser cost and invasive nature of PTNS, where both techniques are available, a trial of PTNS could be considered for all patients.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background
High-resolution anorectal manometry (HRAM) is a relatively new method for collection and interpretation of data relevant to sphincteric function, and for the first time allows a global appreciation of the anorectum as a functional unit. Historically, traditional anal manometry has been plagued by lack of standardization and healthy volunteer data of variable quality. The aims of this study were: (i) to obtain normative data sets for traditional measures of anorectal function using HRAM in healthy subjects and; (ii) to qualitatively describe novel physiological phenomena, which may be of future relevance when this method is applied to patients.Methods115 healthy subjects (96 female) underwent HRAM using a 10 channel, 12F solid-state catheter. Measurements were performed during rest, squeeze, cough, and simulated defecation (push). Data were displayed as color contour plots and analysed using a commercially available manometric system (Solar GI HRM v9.1, Medical Measurement Systems). Associations between age, gender and parity were subsequently explored.Key ResultsHRAM color contour plots provided clear delineation of the high-pressure zone within the anal canal and showed recruitment during maneuvers that altered intra-anal pressures. Automated analysis produced quantitative data, which have been presented on the basis of gender and parity due to the effect of these covariates on some sphincter functions. In line with traditional manometry, some age and gender differences were seen. Males had a greater functional anal canal length and anal pressures during the cough maneuver. Parity in females was associated with reduced squeeze increments.Conclusions & InferencesThe study provides a large healthy volunteer dataset and parameters of traditional measures of anorectal function. A number of novel phenomena are appreciated, the significance of which will require further analysis and comparisons with patient populations.
Neurogastroenterology and Motility 03/2014; · 2.94 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Interpretation of evacuation proctography (EP) images is reliant on robust normative data. Previous studies of EP in asymptomatic subjects have been methodologically limited. The aim of this study was to provide parameters of normality for both genders using EP.
EP was prospectively performed on 46 healthy volunteers (28 females). Proctograms were independently analysed by two reviewers. All established and some new variables of defaecatory structure and function were assessed objectively: anorectal dimensions, anorectal angle changes, evacuation time, percentage contrast evacuated and incidence of rectal wall morphological 'abnormalities'.
Normal ranges were calculated for all main variables. Mean end evacuation time was 88 sec (CI 63-113) in males and 128 sec (98-158) in females; percentage contrast evacuated was 71% (63-80) in males and 65% (58-72) in females. 26 / 28 female subjects (93%) had a rectocoele with a mean depth of 2.5 cm (upper limit 3.9 cm). Recto-rectal intussusception was a finding in 9 subjects (approximately 20% of both genders); however, recto-anal intussusception was not observed. Only rectal diameter differed significantly between genders. Qualitatively, three patterns of evacuation were present.
This study defines normal ranges for anorectal dimensions and parameters of emptying as well as the incidence and characteristics of rectal wall 'abnormalities' observed or derived from EP. These ranges can be applied clinically for subsequent disease comparison. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Two forms of tibial nerve stimulation are used to treat faecal incontinence (FI): percutaneous (PTNS) and transcutaneous (TTNS) tibial nerve stimulation. This article critically appraises the literature on both procedures.
A systematic review was performed adhering to the PRISMA framework. A comprehensive literature search was conducted, with systematic methodological quality assessment and data extraction. Summary measures for individual outcome variables are reported.
Twelve articles met eligibility criteria; six related to PTNS, five to TTNS, and one to both procedures. These included ten case series and two randomized clinical trials (RCTs). Case series were evaluated using the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence quality assessment for case series, scoring 3-6 of 8. RCTs were evaluated using the Jadad score, scoring 4 of a possible 5 marks, and the Cochrane Collaboration bias assessment tool. From one RCT and case series reports, the success rate of PTNS, based on the proportion of patients who achieved a reduction in weekly FI episodes of at least 50 per cent, was 63-82 per cent, and that of TTNS was 0-45 per cent. In an RCT of TTNS versus sham, no patient had a reduction in weekly FI episodes of 50 per cent or more, whereas in an RCT of PTNS versus TTNS versus sham, 82 per cent of patients undergoing PTNS, 45 per cent of those having TTNS, and 13 per cent of patients in the sham group had treatment success.
PTNS and TTNS result in significant improvements in some outcome measures; however, TTNS was not superior to sham stimulation in a large, adequately powered, RCT. As no adequate RCT of PTNS versus sham has been conducted, conclusions cannot be drawn regarding this treatment.
British Journal of Surgery 01/2014; · 4.84 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (JHS) is a common connective tissue disorder characterised by joint hyperflexibility, dysautonomia and chronic pain. Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms are reported in JHS patients attending rheumatology clinics but the prevalence and symptom pattern of previously undiagnosed JHS in GI clinics is unknown.
Using validated questionnaires, a prospective cross-sectional study in secondary care GI clinics estimated the prevalence of JHS in new consecutively referred patients, compared GI symptoms in patients with and without JHS, and using multiple regression determined whether the burden of GI symptoms in JHS patients was dependent on chronic pain, autonomic, psychological and medication related factors. A positive control group consisted of JHS patients referred from rheumatology clinics with GI symptoms (JHS-Rh).
From 552 patients recruited, 180 (33%) had JHS (JHS-G) and 372 did not (Non-JHS-G). 44 JHS-Rh patients were included. JHS-G patients were more likely to be younger, female with poorer quality of life (p=0.02) than non-JHS-G patients. Following age and sex matching, heartburn (OR1.66, CI 1.1-2.5 p=0.01), waterbrash (OR: 2.02, CI: 1.3-3.1, p=0.001) and postprandial fullness (OR 1.74, CI 1.2-2.6 p=0.006) were commoner in JHS-G vs. Non-JHS-G. Many upper and lower GI symptoms increased with increasing severity of JHS phenotype. Upper GI symptoms were dependent on autonomic and chronic pain factors.
JHS is common in GI clinics, with increased burden of upper GI and extraintestinal symptoms and poorer quality of life. Recognition of JHS will facilitate multidisciplinary management of GI and extra-GI manifestations.
Clinical gastroenterology and hepatology: the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association 01/2014; · 5.64 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Rectal intussusception and external rectal prolapse are uncommon proctographic findings in men reflecting the lack of studies investigating such patients. The aim of this study was to identify the demographic, clinical, and physiological characteristics of this population with a view to appreciate the mechanism of development of this condition.
All men, presenting with symptoms of constipation or fecal incontinence, who were diagnosed proctographically with recto-rectal intussusception (RRI)/recto-anal intussusception (RAI) or external rectal prolapse (ERP) between 1994 and 2007 at a tertiary academic colorectal unit were studied. Demographics, relevant comorbidities, distribution and symptom duration, and anorectal physiology results were analyzed retrospectively for each proctographic group and intergroup comparisons performed.
Two hundred five men (median age 50 y; range, 13-86) including 155 (75.6%) without any relevant comorbidities were studied. A significant proportion of patients in all proctographic groups reported rectal evacuatory difficulty ([RRI, 46.4%], [RAI, 39.4%], [ERP, 44.8%]; P = 0.38,analysis of variance). Patients also reported a combination of fecal incontinence symptoms (e.g., urge, passive, postdefecatory leakage) that did not differ across the proctographic groups. Anorectal physiological parameters were within normal range and were not found to be statistically different between the proctographic groups with the exception of anal resting pressure, which was lowest in ERP patients (62 cm H2O; range, 14-155) compared with patients with RRI (89 cm H2O; range, 16-250; P = 0.003) and RAI (92 cm H2O; range, 38-175; P = 0.006).
Men with rectal intussusception and prolapse present with a combination of symptoms, predominantly defective rectal evacuation. Anorectal physiological assessment has failed to shed light into the mechanism of development of this condition and thus, the need for large observational studies incorporating integrated defecographic and manometric assessments of the evacuation process.
Journal of Surgical Research 12/2013; · 2.02 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Despite chronic pain being a feature of functional chest pain (FCP) its experience is variable. The factors responsible for this variability remain unresolved. We aimed to address these knowledge gaps, hypothesizing that the psychophysiological profiles of FCP patients will be distinct from healthy subjects.
20 Rome III defined FCP patients (nine males, mean age 38.7 years, range 28-59 years) and 20 healthy age-, sex-, and ethnicity-matched controls (nine males, mean 38.2 years, range 24-49) had anxiety, depression, and personality traits measured. Subjects had sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system parameters measured at baseline and continuously thereafter. Subjects received standardized somatic (nail bed pressure) and visceral (esophageal balloon distension) stimuli to pain tolerance. Venous blood was sampled for cortisol at baseline, post somatic pain and post visceral pain.
Patients had higher neuroticism, state and trait anxiety, and depression scores but lower extroversion scores vs controls (all p < 0.005). Patients tolerated less somatic (p < 0.0001) and visceral stimulus (p = 0.009) and had a higher cortisol at baseline, and following pain (all p < 0.001). At baseline, patients had a higher sympathetic tone (p = 0.04), whereas in response to pain they increased their parasympathetic tone (p ≤ 0.008). The amalgamating the data, we identified two psychophysiologically distinct 'pain clusters'. Patients were overrepresented in the cluster characterized by high neuroticism, trait anxiety, baseline cortisol, pain hypersensitivity, and parasympathetic response to pain (all p < 0.03).
In future, such delineations in FCP populations may facilitate individualization of treatment based on psychophysiological profiling.
Neurogastroenterology and Motility 10/2013; · 2.94 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Over the past 18 years neuromodulation therapies have gained support as treatments for faecal incontinence (FI); sacral nerve stimulation (SNS) is the most established of these. A systematic review was performed of current evidence regarding the clinical effectiveness of neuromodulation treatments for FI.
The review adhered to the PRISMA framework. A comprehensive search of the literature included PubMed, MEDLINE, Embase and Evidence-Based Medicine Reviews. Methodological quality assessment and data extraction were completed in a systematic fashion.
For SNS, 321 citations were identified initially, of which 61 studies were eligible for inclusion. Of studies on other neuromodulation techniques, 11 were eligible for review: seven on percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) and four on transcutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (TTNS). On intention-to-treat, the median (range) success rates for SNS were 63 (33-66), 58 (52-81) and 54 (50-58) per cent in the short, medium and long terms respectively. The success rate for PTNS was 59 per cent at the longest reported follow-up of 12 months. SNS, PTNS and TTNS techniques also resulted in improvements in Cleveland Clinic Incontinence Score and quality-of-life measures. Despite significant use of neuromodulation in treatment of FI, there is still no consensus on outcome reporting in terms of measures used, aetiologies assessed, length of follow-up or assessment standards.
Emerging data for SNS suggest maintenance of its initial therapeutic effect into the long term. The clinical effectiveness of PTNS is comparable to that of SNS at 12 months, although there is no evidence to support its continued effectiveness after this period. PTNS may be a useful treatment before SNS. The clinical effectiveness of TTNS is still uncertain owing to the paucity of available evidence. A consensus to standardize the use of outcome measures is recommended in order that further reports can be compared meaningfully.
British Journal of Surgery 10/2013; 100(11):1430-47. · 4.84 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Cholinesterase inhibitors such as neostigmine are used for acute colonic pseudo-obstruction, but cardio-bronchial side-effects limit use. To minimise side-effects, lower doses could be combined with a 5-HT4 receptor agonist, which also facilitates intestinal cholinergic activity. However, safety concerns, especially in the elderly, require drugs with good selectivity of action. These include the acetylcholinesterase inhibitor donepezil (used for Alzheimer's disease, with reduced cardio-bronchial liability) and prucalopride, the first selective, clinically-available 5-HT4 receptor agonist. This study examined their individual and potential synergistic activities in human colon.
Neuronally-mediated muscle contractions and relaxations of human colon were evoked by electrical field stimulation (EFS) and defined phenotypically as cholinergic, nitrergic or tachykinergic using pharmacological tools; the effects of drugs were determined as changes in 'area under the curve'.
Prucalopride increased cholinergically-mediated contractions (EC50 855 nM; 33% maximum increase), consistent with its ability to stimulate intestinal motility; donepezil (477%) and neostigmine (2326%) had greater efficacy. Concentrations of donepezil (30-100 nM) found in venous plasma after therapeutic doses had minimal ability to enhance cholinergic activity. However, donepezil (30 nM) together with prucalopride (3, 10 μM) markedly increased EFS-evoked contractions compared to prucalopride alone (P=0.04). For example, the increases observed with donepezil and prucalopride 10 μM together or alone were, respectively, 105 ± 35%, 4 ± 6% and 35 ± 21% (n=3-7, each concentration).
Potential synergy between prucalopride and donepezil activity calls for exploration of this combination as a safer, more effective treatment of colonic pseudo-obstruction.
British Journal of Pharmacology 09/2013; · 5.07 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to assess the long-term efficacy of percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) in fecal incontinence (FI).
There is extensive evidence regarding the efficacy of PTNS in urinary incontinence. Data on the efficacy of PTNS for FI are limited to a few small case series with relatively short-follow up.
A prospective cohort of patients with FI was studied. Incontinence scores were measured using a validated questionnaire (Cleveland Clinic Florida-FI score) at specific time points: before treatment, after completion of a treatment course (12 PTNS sessions), and before the last maintenance ("top-up") therapy. Deferment time and average number of weekly incontinence episodes were also estimated from a prospective bowel dairy kept by the patient at these time points. Quality of life was assessed with the Rockwood Fecal Incontinence Quality of Life questionnaire.
A total of 150 patients were recruited to the study between January 2008 and June 2012. Analysis was performed on 115 patients who continued to receive PTNS after a median follow-up of 26 (range, 12-42) months. The baseline Cleveland Clinic Florida-FI score ±SD (12.0 ± 3.9) improved after 12 PTNS sessions (9.4 ± 4.6, P < 0.0001) and after "top-up" treatments (10.0 ± 4.3, P < 0.0001). The increase in the Cleveland Clinic Florida-FI score between the end of the 12th session and the last "top-up" therapy was also significant (P = 0.04). A similar pattern was seen for the deferment time and the quality of life scores. The median time between "top-up" sessions was 12 months (range, 1-40 months), significantly longer than the recommended interval of 6 months.
PTNS is a well-tolerated treatment with high acceptability in the majority of patients. It provides a sustained improvement in FI up to 42 months in a relatively noninvasive manner. The effect of PTNS diminishes with time and additional therapy sessions at 6 monthly intervals may result in greater improvements. PTNS ought to be considered as the first step in all patients with FI refractory to maximum conservative therapies.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: : Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation and sacral nerve stimulation are both second-line treatments for fecal incontinence, but the comparative efficacy of the 2 therapies is unknown. In our institution, patients with refractory fecal incontinence are generally treated with percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation before being considered for sacral nerve stimulation.
: The aim of this study was to assess the outcome associated with this treatment algorithm in order to guide future management strategies.
: All patients with fecal incontinence treated over a 3-year period with tibial nerve stimulation before receiving sacral nerve stimulation were identified from a prospectively recorded database. Demographics and pretreatment anorectal physiological data were available for all patients.
: This study was conducted at an academic colorectal unit in a tertiary center.
: Twenty patients (17 female:3 male, median age 55 (33-79) years) were identified to be refractory to percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation.
: Clinical outcome data were collected prospectively before and after treatment, including 1) Cleveland Clinic Florida-Fecal Incontinence scores and 2) number of incontinence episodes per week.
: The mean (±SD) pretreatment incontinence score (11.7 ± 3.5) did not differ from the mean incontinence score after 12 sessions of tibial nerve stimulation (10.9 ± 3.6, p = 0.42). All patients were subsequently counseled for sacral nerve stimulation, and 68.4% of them reported a significant therapeutic benefit with an improved incontinence score (7.7 ± 4.1, p = 0.014).
: This was a nonrandomized study with a relatively small number of patients
: Sacral nerve stimulation appears to be an effective treatment for patients who do not gain an adequate therapeutic benefit from percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation and, thus, should be routinely considered for this patient cohort.
Diseases of the Colon & Rectum 07/2013; 56(7):915-20. · 3.34 Impact Factor