Diffuse gastrointestinal dysmotility by ultrasonography, manometry and breath tests in colonic inertia

P. Portincasa, A. Moschetta, M. Giampaolo, G. Palasciano

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Patients with colonic inertia, the most severe form of chronic functional constipation, may present with a more diffuse panenteric motility disorder. We describe a case of a woman with severe longstanding colonic inertia associated with chronic functional dyspepsia and defective gastric, gallbladder and small intestinal motility, as confirmed by several diagnostic tests including two breath tests with the 13C-stable isotope. A subclinical form of authonomic sympathetic neuropathy was diagnosed, providing a possible pathophysiological explanation for the presence of simultaneous multiple motility defects of the gastrointestinal tract.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-87
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000



  • C-breath test
  • Constipation
  • Mortility
  • Ultrasonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)

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