Pathophysiology of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence

ArticleinIndian Journal of Urology 22(4) · October 2006with7 Reads
DOI: 10.4103/0970-1591.29113 · Source: DOAJ

    Abstract

    Although they may present with significant morbidity, pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence are mainly afflicitions that affect quality of life. To appropiately treat these entities, comprehension of the various theories of pathophysiology is paramount. Utilizing a Medline search, this article reviews recent data concerning intrinsic (i.e., genetics, postmenopausal status) and extrinsic factors (i.e., previous hysterectomy, childbirth) leading to organ prolapse or stress incontinence