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Autonomic Dysfunction Linked to Chronic Constipation  Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News

Patients with chronic refractory constipation appear to have heightened activity in their sympathetic nervous system and reduced activity in their parasympathetic nervous system, researchers have found.

While tests like colonic manometry can assess colon function, the added measure of extrinsic nerve dysfunction can give clinicians a more comprehensive picture of a patient’s pathology and also guide individualized therapy, said Jan D. Huizinga, PhD, a professor of medicine and biomedical sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and co-author of the study.

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