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The Impact of EMG Biofeedback on Evacuation Difficulty Level and Pain Grade During Defecation in Chronically Constipated Elderly Female Patients Due to Dyssynergic Defecation

Health Psychology Research Unit, Department of Psychology, University of A Coruña, 15071 A Coruña, Spain
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Gastrointest. Disord. 2019, 1(3), 308-313; https://doi.org/10.3390/gidisord1030026
Received: 7 May 2019 / Revised: 18 June 2019 / Accepted: 4 July 2019 / Published: 9 July 2019
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of biofeedback therapy on evacuation difficulty level and the pain grade during defecation of elderly female patients with dyssynergic defecation. With this aim, after one month of initial assessment, 16 chronically constipated female patients with dyssynergic defecation were randomized to either a electromyographic biofeedback group (n = 8) or to a conventional treatment group (n = 8). The results showed a significant decrease in the evacuation difficulty level and pain grade during defecation following behavioral treatment through biofeedback. At the same time, the treatment produced significant improvements in the weekly stool frequency and a decrease in the mean electromyographic (EMG) activity (µV) of the external anal sphincter during straining to defecate. Clinical gains were maintained during the follow-up carried out six months later. View Full-Text
Keywords: dyssynergic defecation; chronic constipation; functional defecation disorders; behavioral treatment; EMG biofeedback dyssynergic defecation; chronic constipation; functional defecation disorders; behavioral treatment; EMG biofeedback
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Simón, M.A.; Bueno, A.M.; Otero, P. The Impact of EMG Biofeedback on Evacuation Difficulty Level and Pain Grade During Defecation in Chronically Constipated Elderly Female Patients Due to Dyssynergic Defecation. Gastrointest. Disord. 2019, 1, 308-313.

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