The histograms of spike bursts over short distances were examined in the isolated cat duodenum with multiple electrodes arranged circumferentially and longitudinally. At a single cross section of the duodenum, spike bursts occurred simultaneously in any single slow-wave cycle, but all eight monitored sites in the circumference participated simulatenously only in a bout 25% of the spike-burst cycles. There also were wide variations in the incidence of spike bursts at different locations in a planar cross section. In a longitudinal section, net level of activity over short distances varied widely. Also, spike bursts were out of phase in the longitudinal axis, appearing to spread caudad; 80% of spike burst groups involved less than an average of 5.5 consecutive electrode sites (spaced at 5-mm intervals). Since spike bursts seem to be correlated with ring contractions of the circular muscle, the fact that they appear sequentially in time along the duodenum indicates that such contractions must always be peristaltic. An estimated 80% of such contractions sweep less than about 3 cm. Records of spike bursts from a single electrode do not accurately reflect activity beyond that one point site.
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