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 Colon*. Ann Intern Med. 1930;3:1128–1139. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-3-11-1128
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1930;3(11):1128-1139.
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