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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 135-141

Pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence: A review of etiological factors


1 University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT, USA
2 Department of Ob/Gyn, Woodhull Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA
3 Department of Urology, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC, USA

Correspondence Address:
Gopal H Badlani
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Dept. of Urology, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0970-1591.32064

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Although they may present with significant morbidity, pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence are mainly afflictions that affect quality of life. To appropriately treat these entities, comprehension of the various theories of the 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.


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