Quantcast
Last updated on April 24, 2014 at 17:35 EDT

Latest Sphincter Stories

2011-08-09 14:53:27

Researchers have built the first functional anal sphincters in the laboratory, suggesting a potential future treatment for both fecal and urinary incontinence. Made from muscle and nerve cells, the sphincters developed a blood supply and maintained function when implanted in mice. The results are reported in the medical journal Gastroenterology. "In essence, we have built a replacement sphincter that we hope can one day benefit human patients. This is the first bioengineered sphincter made...

2008-09-29 09:00:57

DEAR DR. GOTT: I have a 13-year-old son with autism. He is very pleasant, tries real hard at everything, does well in school and never complains. Although he is verbal, he has great difficulty expressing his thoughts. He's 5 feet 4 inches, maybe 100 pounds and is a big eater. He's going through puberty. About eight months ago, he began having difficult and painful swallowing, indicating pain from his neck, along the esophagus, to his stomach. It was torture for him to eat and torture for us...

2008-07-08 15:00:12

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am 92 years old but still independent - I drive, cook and do necessary house jobs. My biggest problem is achalasia. Food cannot pass down my esophagus and get through the sphincter at its bottom to enter the stomach. Is there anything I can do to avoid the pain and trouble that come with swallowing? - E.M. ANSWER: The esophagus is a long, muscular tube that runs from the throat to the stomach. Through it, food passes to the stomach. The muscles of the esophagus push food...