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The major motor functions of the large bowel include storage, propulsion and defecation. New developments continue to expand our knowledge of this area and provide significant advances in the treatment of disorders of colorectal motility. This article reviews new techniques to study colon motility and transit in health and constipation, recent published data which support the efficacy of novel and established laxatives for both functional and opioid-induced constipation, the development of neuromodulatory techniques for severe constipation and new insights into the pathogenesis and treatment of levator syndrome. The articles referenced in this review inform the reader of new developments in understanding and treating disorders of colonic and anorectal motility and anticipate future advances.


Arnold Wald. Motility disorders of the colon and rectum. Current opinion in gastroenterology. 2012 Jan;28(1):52-6

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PMID: 22080826

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