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Pelvic organ prolapse in women: Diagnostic evaluation

Authors
Tola B Fashokun, MD, FACOG
Rebecca G Rogers, MD
Section Editor
Linda Brubaker, MD, FACS, FACOG
Deputy Editor
Kristen Eckler, MD, FACOG

INTRODUCTION

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP), the herniation of the pelvic organs to or beyond the vaginal walls, occurs in up to 50 percent of parous women and causes a variety of pelvic, urinary, bowel, and sexual symptoms [1]. POP is diagnosed on pelvic exam. A medical history is also important to elicit associated symptoms, since treatment of urinary or fecal symptoms is typically coordinated with treatment for POP. Asymptomatic POP may not require treatment.

The diagnostic evaluation of women with POP is reviewed here.

An overview of the female pelvic exam, POP, and treatment options are discussed separately and include:

(See "The gynecologic history and pelvic examination".)

(See "Pelvic organ prolapse in women: An overview of the epidemiology, risk factors, clinical manifestations, and management".)

                                   

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