A means of measuring serial changes in anal sphincter tone in patients with spinal cord compressionBMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7550 (Published 16 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7550
- D Mark Chaput de Saintonge, retired general physician and senior lecturer in medical education
- 1Pembury, Kent TN2 4JD, UK
I wish to report a simple, serial measurement of the response to radiotherapy of spinal cord compression.
The patient, a 71 year old man with a five year history of spinal deposits of metastatic prostatic carcinoma, complained of unsteadiness and paraesthesia in his feet increasing over a five day period. Tendon and anal reflexes were intact. Magnetic resonance imaging …