A prospective audit of the usefulness of evacuating proctography.
Jones HJ., Swift RI., Blake H.
Fifty-nine evacuating proctograms were performed over a 4 month period. We sought to identify how useful this technique is in diagnosing the cause of various anorectal symptoms and indicating which treatment option may be beneficial to the patient. The main reasons for referral were faecal soiling (60%) and obstructed defaecation (47%). Of the proctograms, 90% revealed some pathology. The most common abnormalities detected were rectocele (56%), rectal intussusception (39%), enterocele (19%) and rectal prolapse (12%). Of the patients, 45% were treated with an operation specific to the pathology detected on the proctogram; 29% did not require any active treatment and the remainder were managed with biofeedback conditioning or injection sclerotherapy. Evacuating proctography is of value in providing a diagnosis in patients with anorectal symptoms and thereby allowing specific treatment, operative or nonoperative, to be directed to the underlying pathology.