The surged faradic stimulation to the pelvic floor muscles as an adjunct to the medical management in children with rectal prolapse

BMC Pediatr. 2009 Jul 14;9:44. doi: 10.1186/1471-2431-9-44.


Background: To assess the role of the surged faradic stimulation to the pelvic floor muscles as an adjunct to the conservative management in the children of idiopathic rectal prolapse.

Study design: Prospective.

Setting: Pediatric Surgery Department, Pt BD Sharma, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak.

Subjects: 47 consecutive children with idiopathic rectal prolapse attending the Pediatric Surgery out patient department from July 2005 to June 2006.

Methodology: The information pertaining to duration and the extent of rectal prolapse, predisposing or associated medical conditions, results of local clinical examination were noted. Surged faradic stimulation using modified intraluminal rectal probe, was given on the alternate days. The conventional conservative medical management was also continued. The extent of relief and the number of the sittings of faradic stimulation required were noted at various stages of follow-ups.

Statistical methods: Mean values between those completely cured and others; poor responders and others were compared with t-test and proportions were compared with Chi square test. The p-value < 0.05 was considered statistically significant.

Results: The mean number of sittings in the completely cured group (n = 28(64%)) was (12.4 +/- 7.8) and was comparable with very poor responder (n = 6(13%). There was higher percentage of relief (76%) at the first follow up (at 15 days) in completely cured Vs other (37%) and also the poor responders showed (20%) Vs other (68%) and was statistically significant.

Conclusion: With use of faradic stimulation, even the long-standing rectal prolapse can be fully cured. The follow up visit at 2 weeks is very important to gauge the likely success of this modality in treatment of the patients with rectal prolapse. Those showing poor response at this stage may require alternative treatment or take a long time to get cured.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Electric Stimulation Therapy* / methods
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Pelvic Floor
  • Procaine
  • Rectal Prolapse / therapy*


  • Procaine