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Anismus 

Anismus
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Anismus
Author(s):

Chris Harmston

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199579624.003.0010
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date: 08 December 2019

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.

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