Anorectal Physiology Testing and Pelvic Floor Terminology

Authoring Organization

Publication Month/Year

April 1, 2018

Last Updated Month/Year

June 7, 2023

Document Type


External Publication Status


Country of Publication


Document Objectives

The purpose of this document is to define standardized terminology for use in academic presentations and publications pertaining to defecatory pelvic floor disorders.

Inclusion Criteria

Female, Male, Adolescent, Adult, Child, Infant, Older adult

Health Care Settings

Ambulatory, Emergency care, Hospital, Operating and recovery room, Outpatient

Intended Users

Radiology technologist, medical assistant, nurse, nurse practitioner, physician, physician assistant


Counseling, Prevention

Diseases/Conditions (MeSH)

D020502 - Terminology


Pelvic Floor Terminology, GI Definitions

Source Citation

Bordeianou, Liliana G. M.D., M.P.H.; Carmichael, Joseph C. M.D.; Paquette, Ian M. M.D.; Wexner, Steven M.D., Ph.D.(Hon.); Hull, Tracy L. M.D.; Bernstein, Mitchell M.D.; Keller, Deborah S. M.D.; Zutshi, Massarat M.D.; Varma, Madhulika G. M.D.; Gurland, Brooke H. M.D.; Steele, Scott R. M.D. Consensus Statement of Definitions for Anorectal Physiology Testing and Pelvic Floor Terminology (Revised), Diseases of the Colon & Rectum: April 2018 - Volume 61 - Issue 4 - p 421-427 doi: 10.1097/DCR.0000000000001070