HARRY GAUSS, M.D.
Spastic colon is a functional disturbance of the colon, characterized by hypertonicity or spasticity of the colon, clinically by a variety of symptoms including abdominal consciousness, abdominal pain, constipation, flatulence, and a tendency toward introspection; while inflammatory changes may or may not be present.
The term spastic colitis has sometimes been applied to this entity, but objection has been raised to employing a term that signifies an inflammatory state, since the condition is primarily a disturbance in function, while the inflammatory reaction may occur in the course of the disease.
The essential mechanism of spastic colon is the hypertonicity. Several
GAUSS H. The Spastic Colon1. Ann Intern Med. 1930;3:1128–1139. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-3-11-1128
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1930;3(11):1128-1139.
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