Visceroptosis- Case-Control Study (IRB no. 00000861)
The purpose of this study is to examine how far abdominal organs drop when moving from lying flat to standing upright in patients with visceroptosis. Visceroptosis is a condition in which the internal organs sink below their natural position causing symptoms such as constipation and bloating. The study will compare visceroptosis patients to healthy controls (heathy people).
Participants will be part of the “normal control” group, which means that they do not have the condition or disease that is being studied. They will be asked to drink barium, which is a contrast material that is commonly used to allow doctors to “see” the intestine using abdominal X-ray. Researchers will then use fluoroscopy for about 1-2 seconds, followed by 2 X-rays. Fluoroscopy involves continuously passing an x-ray beam through the body to see the movement of organs.