US 3211145 A
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Oct. 12, 1965 s; R. ROSENTHAL TOILET TISSUE Filed July 12, 1961 FIGI WAAAW u llVVENTOR.
SOL ROY ROSENTHAL My/Mf/w FIG-4'n ATTORNEYS nitcd States arent hice 3,211,145 Patentedl Oct. 12, 1965 3,211,145 TOILET TISSUE Sol Roy Rosenthal, 230 E. Delaware St., Chicago, Ill. Filed July 12, 1961, Ser. No. 123,496 8 Claims. (Cl. 12S- 260) This invention relates to a toilet tissue adapted for minimizing anorectal disorders.
In the normal process of expelling solid waste from the body, there is with the smallest amount of straining, protrusion of the anal canal, and at times with constipation, of the rectal mucosa. Prolapse of the rectal mucosa, hemorrhoids, and other conditions occur with increasing age and exaggerate the conditions caused by the protrusions, so that defecation becomes painful. In the normal young, there will be rapid restoration of the slight protrusions, but with increasing age and accompanying relaxation of the anal sphincter, this retraction is slow to occur. If there is anal or rectal mucosa prolapse or hemorrhoids, no retraction will occur.
The prevalence of discomfort and diseases about the anus and the rectum is very high, and both the young and the old suffer. It is believed by many physicians that one of the most common causes of the disorders is faulty hygiene following bowel movements. Thus, when protrusion of the sensitive anal or rectal mucosa exists after defecation and the anus is cleansed thoroughly by wiping with ordinary toilet tissue paper, the wiping will irritate the mucosa and may cause abrasion of the delicate anal and rectal membranes. Bacteria from the feces may enter the abrasions and produce inflammation, abscesses, sinuses, and other conditions. The situation is aggravated by the presence of hemorrhoids.
To help remedy the faulty methods of hygiene, leading proctologsts have recommended the use of toilets having water sprays that flush the anore'ctal orice after bowel movements. This method is relatively complicatedand expensive, and consequently has not received widespread acceptance.
An important object of the present invention is to provide a hygenic toilet tissue which may be used to minimize anorectal disorders,
A particular object is to provide a toilet tissue which is insertable in th e Ianal canal to replace membrances without irritation and abrasion.
Another particular object is to provide a dual purpose toilet tissue, which is employed both to replace the membranes and to cleanse the body.
An additional object is to provide a simple, convenient and inexpensive toilet tissue which effectively accomplishes the foregoing objects.
4These and other objects, advantages and functions of the invention will be apparent on reference to the specication and to the attached drawings illustrating preferred embodiments of the invention, in which like parts are identifed by like reference symbols in each of the views, and in which:
FIGURE 1 is a top plan view of one embodiment of the new toilet tissue on a reduced scale;
FIGURE 2 is a cross-sectional view taken on line 2-2 of FIGURE l, the thicknesses in this and succeeding views being greatly exaggerated for illustrative purposes;
FIGURE 3 is a like cross-sectional view of a second embodiment; V
FIGURE 4 is an axial cross-sectional view of a third embodiment; and
FIGURE 5 is an axial cross-sectional view of a fourth embodiment.
The toilet tissue provided by the present invention includes a central sheet material portion having a substan tially frictionless face surface thereon. Additional sheet material surrounds the central sheet material, and an absorbent face surface is provided on the surrounding sheet material. The central sheet material is insertable in the anal canal inside of the anal sphincter with the surrounding sheet material outside of the anal sphincter,
Referring to the drawings, one embodiment of the new toilet tissue is generally indicated by' the number 10 in FIGURES 1 and 2. The tissue is made up of a square base sheet material 12 having an absorbent face surface 14 thereon. A central circular smooth even substantially frctionless face surface glaze coat or layer 16, of any suitable non-toxic pliable glazing substance such for example as Wax, resin, clay or the like, is provided on the central portion 18 of the base material. The glaze coat may penetrate into the latter portion. The surrounding sheet material portion 19 continues to present the absorbent face surface 14, which may be provided by selecting appropriate absorbent toilet tissue paper. Alternatively, other face surface layers or coats may be applied on the central sheet material portion 18. Forl example, the layer 16 may comprise a pliable plastic disc or a plastic coat or lm, a layer of lubricant such as petroleum jelly, or other smooth surfaced material. When a coat or lm is employed that does not have a natural adherence to central portion 18 of the tissue, a suitable adhesive or bonding material is used therebetween.
The central portion 18 of the sheet material and the face surface 16 thereon is used to reduce or replace the prolapsed parts of the anal and rectal mucosa, restoring them to their original positions. The index tnger of the hand is applied to the back of the central portion 18, and the linger with the material thereover is gently inserted in the anal canal to return the anal or rectal mucosa to positions inside of the anal sphincter, the central sheet material being insertable within or beyond the entrance to the sphincter for the purpose, With this replacement of the mucosa, the delicate membranes are not wiped or irritated. To avoid irritation in the replacement, it is necessary that the face surface 16 be substantially frictionless, that is, smooth and devoid of abrasive action. The face surface preferably is also non-absorbent.
When the central portion 18 of the sheet material is inserted inside of the anal sphincter, the surrounding portion 19 of the sheet material bearing the absorbent surface 14 remains outside of the anal sphincter, in and around the anal orifice. The surrounding or peripheral absorbent surface is employed to wipe this area clean. The surfaces around the orice are hardened and thickened,
' so that they are not prone to irritation.
The toilet tissue sheets 10 preferably are about seven inches square, which is larger than the conventional toilet tissue sheets of about four and one-half inches on a side; to provide for the central sheet material section 18, which is preferably about two and one-half inches in diameter. These dimensions provide for the introduction of the central material for a distance of about one inch to one and one-quarter inches, which is the length of the anatomic anal canal. A small portion of the surrounding material 19 may also enter the canal, for example for a distance of up to about one-half to three-quarters of an inch.
A multi-ply toilet tissue 20 is illustrated in FIGURE 3, which is employed in the same manner as the embodiment of FIG'URES l and 2. The toilet tissue of FIG. 3 includes a face sheet 22 of absorbent material having a central circular opening 24, an intermediate pliable sheet 26 which has a frictionless face surface 28 thereon exposed through the opening 24, and a back sheet 30 of absorbent material on the back surfaces of the central and surrounding sheet materials 26 and 22, respectively. The central sheet material 26 may be, for example, a sheet or film of soft plastic such as Saran ywrap or other suitable synthetic thermoplastic resin.
to the sheet 22 or to the sheet 30, or to both. The back` ing shcct 30 may, in some cases, be eliminated where the sheet 22 is of sufficient body and thickness to give..
the overall combination the desired texture.
FIGURES 4 and 5 illustrate additional embodiments wherein the sheet materials are preformed to provide outwardly protruding portions adapted for insertion in the anal canal. These articles eliminate or reduce folds in the central inserted portion, to reduce the bulk thereof. Each of these embodiments may be constructed similarly to the preceding embodiments, and only one of the alternatives which may be employed is illustrated in each case.
The toilet tissue 32 illustrated in FIGURE 4 is constructed of a sheet of tissue paper 34 having ran absorbent face surface 36. The sheet is formed to protrude outwardly in an approximately circular tubular central portion 38 having a rounded outer end 40. This portion is glazed or appropriately finished to provide a central sheet material section 42 having a frictionless face surface 44. The central section commences at points outwardly of the junction of the tubular portion 38 with the dat portion of the sheet material 34, leaving outwardly extending circular absorbent material portions 46 which may be inserted for a short distance into the anal canal. The tubular portion 38 is inserted by placing the index finger therein, followed by gentle pressure as the portion is inserted in the anal canal to restore the prolapsed membranes. To provide for the necessary amount of insertion, the tubular portion 38 may be about one and one-fourth inches long and three-fourths inch in diameter.
A conical toilet tissue 48 is illustrated in FIGURE 5. It includes a sheet of toilet tissue 50 formed in the shape of a cone. The rounded apex of the cone and an appropriate area adjacent thereto is covered with a cone 52 of frictionless sheet material such as plastic, or this area of the sheet 50 may be provided with frictionless coat or layer as described above. The cone may be about tive inches in diameter at the base and have an altitude of about five inches. The apex is inserted by employing the index nger within the cone.
The invention thus provides toilet tissue which may be employed toreplace prolapsed membranes easily and without harming 'them. Thereafter, the areas around the anus may be cleansed effectively and without irritation or abrasion. "A single tissue accomplishes both of these functions in a convenient manner, and the tissue is simple yancl economical.
It will be apparent that changes and modifications may 4be made in the construction and arrangement of the components of the toilet tissue within the spirit and scope of the invention. It is intended that such changes and modications be included within the scope of the appended claims.
What I claim `as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent of the United States is:
1. An article of toilet tissue adapted for minimizing anorectal d-isorders, comprising a base sheet of absorbent toilet tissue paper, and a continuous smooth even layer of substantially frictionless material securely on and occupying the central area of said base sheet, said continuous smooth even layer of material being substantially frictionless and nonabrasive with respect to mucous membranes and having minimum transverse dimensions across said layer from edge to edge of about two and one-half inches, said base sheet extending laterally outwvardly beyond said smooth even layer of material to provide thereabout an absorbent region, said continuous smooth even layer of material on said central area of said base sheet providing a substantially' frictionless region on the face of the article adapted4 for contacting the human anal canal with said absorbent region contacting adjacent areas of the body.
2. An article of toilet tissue as defined in claim 1 wherein said frictionless material layer comprises a glaze coat.
3. An article of toilet tissue as dened in claim 1 wherein said frictionless material layer comprises a plastic sheet material.
4. An article of toilet tissue as defined in claim 1 wherein said frictionless material layer comprises a layer of lubricant.
5. An article of toilet tissue as dened in claim 1 wherein the article is formed with said frictionless region protruding from said absorbent region, for insertion of the protruding region in the anal canal.
6. An article of toilet tissue adapted .for minimizing anorectal disorders and comprising a central sheet material, a substantially frictionless face surface thereon, a sheet material surrounding said central sheet material, an absorbent face surface on said surrounding sheet material, and an absorbent sheet material on the back surfaces of said central and surrounding sheet materials, the toilet tissue being insertable in the anal canal in the area of said central sheet material, with said central sheet material inside Iand said surrounding sheet material outside of the anal sphincter.
7. An article of toilet tissue as dened in claim 6 wherein said central sheet material is an individual sheet inserted between said surrounding sheet material and said sheet material on the back surfaces.
8. An article of toilet tissue adapted for minimizing anorectal disorders and comprising a sheet of tissue paper having an opening therein, an absorbent face surface on said sheet, a second sheet on the back of said first-named sheet and extending over said opening, and a substantially frictionless face surface on said second sheet and exposed through said opening, said frictionless surface being adapted for contacting the anal canal with said absorbent surface contacting adjacent areas.
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RICHARD I HOFFMAN, JORDAN FRANKLIN,