Original Article

Study No. 3: Reflex contraction of the levator plate increases intra-anal pressure, validating its role in continence

  • PETER PETROS
  • MICHAEL SWASH

Pelviperineology 2008;27(3):99-99

Activation of the “vagino-levator reflex” by digital stretching of the vagina, increased intra-anal pressure less in patients with fecal incontinence than those without. This experiment demonstrates that the levator plate has a key role in the fecal continence mechanism.

Keywords: Levator plate; Fecal incontinence; Intraanal pressure; Integral theory