Gut 16:808-814 doi:10.1136/gut.16.10.808
  • Research Article

Large bowel myoelectrical activity in man.


The myoelectrical activity of human colon and rectum has been studied by three types of electrode in man--intraluminal (suction), serosal and cutaneous. The patterns obtained indicate a high degree of consistency between the methods and the value of surface electrodes is emphasized. Gradient along the large bowel of both frequency and percentage electrical activity have been observed and possible physiological roles are postulated for them. By correlating the features of regular electrical and corresponding regular motor waves an alteration in the myoelectrical pattern is observed in the region of the rectosigmoid junction.