We evaluated the effect of propofol on resting anal sphincter pressure (RP) during anorectal manometry performed under general anesthesia in 20 children with chronic constipation. After propofol bolus administration, there was a significant decrease in the RP in 95% of children from a mean of 51.5 ± 15.3 to a mean nadir of 21.7 ± 10.5 mmHg (P < 0.001). The new postpropofol RP of 47.0 ± 12.4 mmHg was significantly lower compared with prepropofol RP (P < 0.0001). Propofol should be used with caution as an anesthetic agent for anorectal manometry, given the potential for confounding RP measurements.
Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01793753.