Does pregnancy affect pelvic organ mobility?

Dietz, H. P., Eldridge, A., Grace, M. and Clarke, B. (2003). Does pregnancy affect pelvic organ mobility?. In: M. M. Karram, International Urogynecology Journal.. 28th Annual IUGA Meeting, Buenos Aires, Argentina, (S6-S6). 28–31 October, 2003. doi:10.1007/s00192-003-1108-6

Author Dietz, H. P.
Eldridge, A.
Grace, M.
Clarke, B.
Title of paper Does pregnancy affect pelvic organ mobility?
Conference name 28th Annual IUGA Meeting
Conference location Buenos Aires, Argentina
Conference dates 28–31 October, 2003
Proceedings title International Urogynecology Journal.   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Surrey, U.K.
Publisher Springer-Verlag London Ltd
Publication Year 2003
DOI 10.1007/s00192-003-1108-6
ISSN 0937-3462
Editor M. M. Karram
Volume 14
Issue Supp. 1
Start page S6
End page S6
Total pages 2
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Objective: Parity is a strong predictor of pelvic organ prolapse
and incontinence. It is unclear however whether this effect is due
to pregnancy itself or childbirth. This study sought to define the
contribution of early and late pregnancy to anterior vaginal wall
Methods: Case- control study using 88 nonpregnant volunteers,
matched for age and ethnicity with 28 women seen at 10- 17 weeks
and 32- 39 weeks’ gestation.
Results: Patients in early pregnancy showed higher values for
anterior vaginal wall mobility compared to nonpregnant controls,
although this reached significance only for the retrovesical angle on
Valsalva (142 deg. (SD 24.5) vs. 153 deg. (SD 21.8), p= 0.022). In
late pregnancy all measures of anterior vaginal wall mobility were
higher than in nonpregnant women (retrovesical angle, 142 (SD
24.5) vs. 158 (SD 23.4 degrees, p= 0.012), urethral rotation (33.1
(SD 27.4) vs. 47.5 (SD 24.7) degrees, p= 0.028), bladder neck
descent (17.6 (SD 9.2) vs. 22.8 (SD 8.6) mm, p= 0.022) and cystocele
descent (13.5 (SD 9.5) vs. 5.2 (SD 10.6) mm, p= 0.003).
Conclusions: Our data supports the hypothesis that bladder
neck mobility increases as a result of pregnancy. This effect seems
to be more noticeable in late pregnancy.
Subjects EX
321014 Obstetrics and Gynaecology
730201 Women's health
Q-Index Code EX
Additional Notes Article DOI includes all abstracts presented at conference. Abstract number: 18 (333)

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