Rectal outlet dysfunction

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What is rectal outlet dysfunction?

Rectal Outlet Dysfunction is defined as the incoordination of the muscles of the pelvic floor during attempted evacuation. Although most patients have normal colonic transit, stool is not expelled when it reaches the rectum, which contributes to prolonged or excessive straining and discomfort.

Common symptoms reported by people with rectal outlet dysfunction

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with rectal outlet dysfunction

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Home Physical Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
1
Treatment name(s)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
1

Data from patients with rectal outlet dysfunction, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with rectal outlet dysfunction

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
hyperactivity
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Home Physical Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for rectal outlet dysfunction (2 evaluations)
Side effects
anal fistula Hospitalization
Total evaluations
2
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with rectal outlet dysfunction, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has rectal outlet dysfunction on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 1
30s 2
40s 0
50s 1
60s 3
70+ 2
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 0
20-29 years 0
30-39 years 0
40-49 years 1
50-59 years 0
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 3
Female 6

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2
Not Diagnosed 0

These charts show data from rectal outlet dysfunction patients who have completed their condition history
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