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Physiological Testing of the Colon, Rectum and Anus

Often a diagnosis of a functional GI disorder can be made based on a history and physical examination. Sometimes extensive testing may be needed to find a cause. A review of tests used to examine bowel structure and function.

Topics: Bowel urgency, Constipation, difficult to pass stools, Fact Sheet, Incontinence, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Lower Abdominal Pain, Pelvic Pain, Motility, Tests, lower GI tract

About the Author

  • Bruce A. Orkin, MD

    Professor of Surgery; Director, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery and Director, Colorectal Physiology Laboratory at the George Washington University in Washington, DC

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