Two-dimensional positional mapping of gastrointestinal sounds in control and functional bowel syndrome patients.

Digestive diseases and sciences

PubMedID: 12064804

Craine BL, Silpa ML, O'Toole CJ. Two-dimensional positional mapping of gastrointestinal sounds in control and functional bowel syndrome patients. Dig Dis Sci. 2002;47(6):1290-6.
Computerized auscultation of the abdomen provides a noninvasive and quantitative method to investigate gastrointestinal function. Two-dimensional mapping of bowel sound sites of origin, to the surface of the abdomen, was accomplished through simultaneous recording with three electronic stethoscopes. Control, irritable bowel syndrome, and nonulcer dyspepsia groups were studied. The predominant site of fasting sound production was the right lower quadrant in all except a subgroup of nonucler dyspepsia patients. The second most common site mapped to the area of the stomach. The region mapping to the small intestine was largely devoid of sound. The control group had a higher percentage of sounds in the 184- to 248-Hz range than the functional bowel patients (P < 0.001) for sounds mapping to the stomach region. We conclude that two-dimensional mapping may have the potential to allow for the meaningful and objective categorization of groups of functional bowel patients.