Electrophysiological and manometric assessment of the pelvic floor in the solitary rectal ulcer syndrome

Br J Surg. 1985 Feb;72(2):131-3. doi: 10.1002/bjs.1800720221.


Fifteen of twenty patients with the solitary rectal ulcer syndrome, eighteen of whom were women, had evidence of reinnervation in the external anal sphincter muscle as demonstrated by single fibre EMG and nine of these patients had an increased pudendal nerve terminal motor latency. In ten patients there was paradoxical puborectalis muscle activity on straining, but damage to the innervation of the external anal sphincter muscle was correlated with a history of straining, and with excessive perineal descent, rather than with paradoxical puborectalis activity. We suggest that this syndrome does not have a single cause.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anal Canal / innervation
  • Anal Canal / physiopathology
  • Electromyography
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Manometry
  • Middle Aged
  • Nerve Regeneration
  • Pelvis / physiopathology*
  • Rectal Diseases / etiology
  • Rectal Diseases / physiopathology*
  • Syndrome
  • Ulcer / etiology
  • Ulcer / physiopathology