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Electrical Stimulation and Pacing for Digestive Disorders: a Status Report

Nerves and muscles respond actively to an electric stimulus. The role and progress for electrical pacing and stimulation in the gastrointestinal tract, including the stomach as well as the intestines, and treatment possibilities for disorders such as chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction and severe constipation are discussed.

Topics: Colonic inertia, Pseudo-obstruction, Colonic motility, inertia, pseudo-obstruction, Constipation, difficult to pass stools, Fact Sheet, Gastroparesis, Motility, Stomach Disorders

About the Authors

  • Paul E. Hyman, MD

    Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Director of Gastroenterology Department, Children's Hospital; Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA

  • Richard W. McCallum, MD

    Associate Professor and Founding Chairman of Internal Medicine; Department of Internal Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso, TX

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