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Revealed that the slow wave of the guts peristalsis was missing in the animals affected bowel segments. These findings suggested that ICC and c-Kit play a crucial role in the development of the pacemaker system that is required for the generation of autonomic gut motility. This discovery modified the concept of how gastrointestinal motility is controlled dramatically by suggesting that smooth muscle cells need more than just impulses from enteric nerve cells to generate organized gastrointestinal motility.

Biofeedback therapy is a method of neuromuscular re-education. A computer and video monitor are used to display bodily processes to a patient that they are normally unaware of. Increased awareness of these behaviours provides an opportunity to consciously modify one’s responses to a more acceptable pattern. The most common problem associated with the use of anorectal manometry is that it is limited to certain specialised centres. , 2004). Anorectal manometry provides underlying childhood constipation.

Anorectal manometry provides underlying childhood constipation. 1 Rectal barostat test The rectal barostat test consists of a highly compliant balloon placed in the rectum and connected to a barostat (computerised pressure-distending device). This device is able to record detailed information on tone, compliance and assess rectal sensation. The information obtained by this technique can be useful in identification of megarectum, hyper- or hypo- compliant rectum. Rectal compliance, sensation and function are all closely inter-related.

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