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Obstructed defaecation: a pathophysiological approach 

Obstructed defaecation: a pathophysiological approach
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Obstructed defaecation: a pathophysiological approach
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Tony Dixon

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10.1093/med/9780199579624.003.0005
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date: 07 June 2020

Chapter 5 discusses that the approach to obstructed defaecation is largely an anatomical one. Though physiological disturbance can be present as well, or even dominate, in the great majority of patients the major problem is anatomical. The challenge is to recognise when an anatomical/surgical approach is unlikely to succeed (or indeed has failed), and to develop an alternative strategy in this cohort of patients.

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