Yazaki, E.; Meadows, N.; Smith, F.; Wiles, K.; Hirata, M.; Arthur, S.K.; Evans, D.F.
April 2003
Gut;Apr2003 Supplement 1, Vol. 52, pA49
Academic Journal
Background: Small bowel manometry (SBM) has widely been used to investigate adult patients with gastrointestinal motility disorder. However, the use of this technique to paediatrics is uncommon. The aim of this study was to evaluate feasibility of SBM on paediatric patients with suspected small intestinal motility disorder. Methods: We have performed SBM on 14 paediatric patients (age range 2-10 years) who had symptom(s) including recurrent abdominal pain (n = 10), nausea (n = 5), vomiting (n = 7), abdominal distension (n = 2) and constipation (n = 2). A 3-channel manometry catheter was introduced nasally and placed in the proximal small bowel under fluoroscopic control. Ambulatory recordings were made for 24 hours using a portable recorder. Recorded data were analysed using dedicated software. Results: Four had normal motility when applied to the normal ranges in adults. At least one of the following abnormalities was found in eight patients; possible neuropathy findings including excess of motor activity (n = 3), prolonged Phase III (n = 2), Phase III-like prolonged bursts (n = 3), non-propagated Phase III (n = 2), retrograde propagation of Phase III (n = 2), and Iow-amplitude Phase III (n = 1) suggesting possible myopathy. Intubation failed in two patients due to no migrations of the catheter into the small intestine. Summary: In this study a high proportion of the patients had abnormal small intestinal motility and this suggests that SBM can be used to evaluate those conditions. Normal values during infant and childhood development need establishing before adopting the technique for clinical diagnosis.


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