This study will compare individuals with acute SCI to control patients in order to: 1.
Determine if there are changes in colonic tone and sensation after SCI by comparing the
fasting responses to the postprandial responses; 2. Determine if there are changes in
colonic phasic motility after SCI by comparing the fasting responses to the postprandial
responses; 3. Determine if colonic motor and sensory function after SCI change over time by
repeating these studies six month later in SCI and control patients.
Acute SCI with impaired colonic tone
John Fryer, Ph.D. Asst. Director
Department of Veterans Affairs, Program Analysis and Review Section (PARS), Rehabilitation Research