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Significance of defecography and the role of rectocele in constipated patients

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Backround: Chronic constipation is a common, chronic and frequent problem of the general population. The aim of this study is to assess the efficacy of defecography in diagnosing the etiology of constipation and the relation between constipation and rectocele. Material-method: We have investigated 250 patients who have been admitted to our general surgery out-patient clinic with complaint of constipation using Rome III criteria and diagnostic defecography. Results: Out of 250 patients who were evaluated with defecography only 24 had normal findings. 136 patients were found to have rectocele. Conclusion: We propose that rectocele is an important etiology of constipation, and defecography should be considered early in the diagnosis of rectocele.

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Bozkurt, M. , Sürek, A. , Gönenç, M. , Kalaycı, M. and Alış, H. (2012) Significance of defecography and the role of rectocele in constipated patients. Open Journal of Gastroenterology, 2, 40-44. doi: 10.4236/ojgas.2012.22009.


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