Show Summary Details
Page of



Chris Harmston

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 16 September 2021

Chapter 10 discusses anismus, a phrase coined by Lennard-Jones who coined the phrase ‘anismus’, in comparison to the well described condition of vaginismus, in 1985, and it is best described as a functional disorder in which uncoordinated relaxation of the voluntary striated anal sphincter muscle occurs during attempted evacuation, resulting in outlet obstruction constipation. It is variously named spastic pelvic floor syndrome, dyssynergia or puborectalis syndrome. For the sake of continuity it will be referred to as anismus in this text.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.