The visceral electrical activity recorded from the abdominal surface was studied before and after either total gastrectomy or colectomy. The patterns obtained from fast Fourier transform analysis demonstrated the disappearance of the power peak of ~3 cpm after gastrectomy, whereas colectomy did not result in the disappearance of the power peak of ~3 and 8-12 cpm. Only the frequencies of ~3.5-7.5 cpm were not present after colon surgery. These data demonstrate that the spectral power peaks at frequencies of ~3 cpm are entirely related to the stomach because they disappear after gastrectomy; the power peaks between 3.5 and 7.5 cpm are related to the colon because they are present after gastrectomy but not after colectomy; the power peaks between 7.5 and 11 cpm are related to the small intestine because they are present after either gastrectomy or colectomy. The authors conclude that the electrical activity recorded from the abdominal surface and analyzed by fast Fourier transform gives reliable information concerning the electrical activity of the stomach and small intestine, although it is less reliable concerning the electrical activity of the colon.
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 1989|
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