Traumatic constipation

Gastroenterology. 1979 Dec;77(6):1258-67.


In 4 patients, trauma to the lumbosacral area produced abnormalities similar to those seen after resection of the nervi erigentes. Mechanisms of the resulting constipation and fecal incontinence for liquid stools included a prolonged transit time through the entire colon, a low rectal pressure, spasticity of the anal canal, and abnormal anal reflexes. Previous trauma to the lower spine must be considered in the differential diagnosis of chronic constipation.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anal Canal / physiopathology
  • Cauda Equina / injuries
  • Colon / pathology
  • Colon / physiopathology
  • Constipation / etiology*
  • Constipation / physiopathology
  • Female
  • Gastrointestinal Motility
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Rectum / physiopathology
  • Reflex, Abnormal
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / complications*
  • Spinal Nerve Roots / injuries