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Pelvic organ prolapse: An overview

Smith, Taryn A. PA-C; Poteat, Tamara A. PA-C; Shobeiri, S. Abbas MD

Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants: March 2014 - Volume 27 - Issue 3 - p 20–24
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000443963.00740.4d
Women's Health

ABSTRACT Pelvic organ prolapse is a common gynecologic complaint in which the vaginal walls are weakened, resulting in descent of pelvic organs through the vagina. Prolapse may be asymptomatic or associated with pelvic pressure and difficulties with urination and defecation, but usually is not responsible for pelvic or lower abdominal pain. Treatment options include conservative measures such as a pessary or pelvic floor physical therapy, or surgical correction. Patients should be reassured that prolapse typically is not an emergency or life-threatening condition.

Taryn A. Smith and Tamara A. Poteat practice in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, Okla. S. Abbas Shobeiri is an associate professor and chief of the section of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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