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Ryan E Stafford, Rafeef Aljuraifani, François Hug, Paul W Hodges
OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether increases in stiffness can be detected in the anatomical region associated with the striated urethral sphincter during voluntary activation using shear wave elastography; to identify the location and area of the stiffness increase relative to the point of greatest dorsal displacement of the mid urethra (i.e. striated urethral sphincter); and to determine the relationship between muscle stiffness and contraction intensity. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Ten healthy men participated...
October 18, 2016: BJU International
Liga Blyholder, Elizabeth Chumanov, Kathleen Carr, Bryan Heiderscheit
BACKGROUND: With a recent increase in running popularity, more women choose to run during and after pregnancy. Little research has examined exercise behaviors and postpartum health conditions of runners. HYPOTHESIS: Antenatal and postpartum exercise is beneficial in reducing certain postpartum health conditions. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Level 5. METHODS: A self-administered, online survey was developed that consisted of questions regarding antenatal and postpartum exercise behaviors, maternal history, and postpartum health conditions...
October 14, 2016: Sports Health
Rebecca Chambers, Adam Lucht, Aisling Reihill, Judith Hough
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: Pelvic floor (PF) dysfunction in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) is poorly understood due to lack of research. The aim of this study was to examine the prevalence, risk factors and bothersomeness of PF dysfunction and its implications for the clinical management of CF. METHODS: Of 64 adults with CF approached at a tertiary hospital, 60 were surveyed. A clinically meaningful score on the Australian Pelvic Floor Questionnaire (APFQ) is ≥1 in each of the bladder, bowel, sexual function and prolapse sections or a global PF score of ≥3...
October 13, 2016: International Urogynecology Journal
Wei Ge, Song-Song Jiang, Wang Qi, Hao Chen, Li-Ming Zheng, Gang Chen
GOAL: To share our experience of extra-levator abdominoperineal excision (ELAPE) for low rectal cancer, focusing on perineal repair with biological mesh. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed medical records of all patients with low rectal cancer who underwent the ELAPE procedure using biological mesh for perineal repair at the Gastrointestinal Surgery of Nanjing Drum Power Hospital between January 2013 and September 2015. All patients were closely followed up to now...
October 6, 2016: Oncotarget
Alison J Hainsworth, Sophie A Pilkington, Catherine Grierson, Elizabeth Rutherford, Alexis Mp Schizas, Karen P Nugent, Andrew B Williams
OBJECTIVES: Defaecatory MRI allows multicompartmental assessment of defaecatory dysfunction but is often inaccessible. Integrated total pelvic floor ultrasound (transperineal, transvaginal, endoanal) may provide a cheap, portable alternative. Accuracy of total pelvic floor ultrasound for anatomical abnormalities when compared to defaecatory MRI was assessed. METHODS: The dynamic images from 68 women who had undergone integrated total pelvic floor ultrasound and defaecatory MRI between 2009 and 2015 were blindly reviewed...
October 12, 2016: British Journal of Radiology
R Thuret, S Hurel, F Kleinclauss, M O Timsit
OBJECTIVES: To describe lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) and their management in renal transplant candidates and recipients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Relevant publications were identified through Medline ( and Embase ( database using the following keywords, alone or in association: "transplantation", "prostate hyperplasia", "transurethral resection of prostate", "urinary incontinence", "LUTS", "pelvic floor dysfunction"...
October 7, 2016: Progrès en Urologie
Diego Raimondo, Aly Youssef, Mohamed Mabrouk, Simona Del Forno, Valentina Martelli, Gianluigi Pilu, Nicola Rizzo, Letizia Zannoni, Roberto Paradisi, Renato Seracchioli
OBJECTIVE: Pelvic floor muscle (PFM) dysfunction seems to play an important role in the pathophysiology of pain in women with with pelvic pain syndromes, including deep infiltrating endometriosis (DIE). The aim of the study was to evaluate static and dynamic morphometry of PFM in women affected by DIE, in comparison to asymptomatic control women, using three-dimensional (3D) and four-dimensional (4D) transperineal ultrasound. METHODS: A pilot, prospective study was conducted between March 2015 and November 2015, at our tertiary center...
October 8, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Adil E Bharucha, Tae Hee Lee
Although pelvic pain is a symptom of several structural anorectal and pelvic disorders (eg, anal fissure, endometriosis, and pelvic inflammatory disease), this comprehensive review will focus on the 3 most common nonstructural, or functional, disorders associated with pelvic pain: functional anorectal pain (ie, levator ani syndrome, unspecified anorectal pain, and proctalgia fugax), interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome, and chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. The first 2 conditions occur in both sexes, while the latter occurs only in men...
October 2016: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Mark S Cook, Laura Bou-Malham, Mary C Esparza, Marianna Alperin
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: Pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation is a widely utilized, but often challenging therapy for pelvic floor disorders, which are prevalent in older women. Regimens involving the use of appendicular muscles, such as the obturator internus (OI), have been developed for strengthening of the levator ani muscle (LAM). However, changes that lead to potential dysfunction of these alternative targets in older women are not well known. We hypothesized that aging negatively impacts OI architecture, the main determinant of muscle function, and intramuscular extracellular matrix (ECM), paralleling age-related alterations in LAM...
October 4, 2016: International Urogynecology Journal
Marco Soligo, Stefania Livio, Elena De Ponti, Ileana Scebba, Federica Carpentieri, Maurizio Serati, Enrico Ferrazzi
OBJECTIVE: Pelvic floor dysfunction after delivery is quite common. New mothers deserve to receive targeted care for pelvic floor dysfunction, but how should women who are at risk be identified and selected for treatment? This study investigated risk factors and puerperal health-seeking behaviours to develop a restrictive patient selection model for postpartum pelvic floor dysfunction assessment. STUDY DESIGN: This prospective observational study involved women who were at ≥32 weeks gestational age when they delivered in a tertiary referral maternity hospital in Milan, Italy, between July and December 2014...
September 21, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Marieke L van Engelenburg-van Lonkhuyzen, Esther M J Bols, Marc A Benninga, Wim A Verwijs, Rob A de Bie
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Functional constipation (FC) is a common childhood problem often related to pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. We compared the effectiveness of pelvic physiotherapy (PPT) vs standard medical care (SMC) in children with FC. METHODS: We performed a multicenter randomized controlled trial of 53 children (5-16 years old) with FC according to the Rome III criteria, at hospitals in The Netherlands from December 2009 to May 2014. Group allocation was concealed using a central computer system...
September 17, 2016: Gastroenterology
Andrea Braga, Marco Soligo, Maurizio Serati, Giovanni Palleschi, Vincenzo Li Marzi, Enrico Finazzi Agrò
INTRODUCTION: Pelvic floor disorders (PFDs), which include urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, sexual dysfunction and gastrointestinal disorders, affect over 20% of adult population. The prevalence and demand for care of PFDs appear to be increasing more quickly than would be expected from simple population growth, creating substantial physical and emotional distress and a large financial burden. Suitable diagnostic tools are necessary to investigate these problems. The aim of this article is to list Symptom and Quality of Life questionnaires [briefly identified as patient-reported outcomes (PROs)] formally validated into the Italian language to provide Italian clinicians and researchers a tool for the assessment of pelvic area dysfunctions in our country...
September 26, 2016: Urologia
Dani Zoorob, Mickey Karram, Anna Stecher, Rose Maxwell, James Whiteside
OBJECTIVES: To identify litigation predictors among women with complications of transvaginal mesh. METHODS: Chart review and patient survey were conducted among women who had undergone a complication-related explant of a transvaginal prolapse or incontinence sling mesh. Trained study personnel administered a 57-question survey addressing subjective complaints related to bowel, bladder, sexual dysfunction, and development of pain or recurrent prolapse. These data were analyzed with respect to the subject's reported pursuit of litigation related to the mesh complication...
September 16, 2016: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
Sivan Navot, Leonid Kalichman
Pelvic floor muscle assessment in situations of hip/groin pain in both male and female patients can be a key element in treatment success. We present herein, a 32 year old male professional cyclist, exhibiting right hip and groin pain during cycling and prolonged sitting. The pain commenced after the patient suffered a right hip severe contusion in 2013 causing a tear in the tensor fascia lata and gluteus medius muscle. The patient did not complain of pelvic floor dysfunctions. After receiving several series of conventional physical therapy for the hip/groin pain, the patient experienced partial pain relief and slight improvement of hip range of motion...
July 2016: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
Petra M Casey, Kathy L MacLaughlin, Stephanie S Faubion
BACKGROUND: Sexual dysfunction is common among US women of reproductive age, many of whom use contraception. Various contraceptive methods have been associated with changes in sexual function. METHODS: In this narrative review, we selected key articles based on our collective clinical experience. We summarized findings and best practice recommendations for addressing a woman's contraception and its potential relationship to sexual function. RESULTS: Although some hormonal contraception is associated with sexual dysfunction, studies show mixed results based on route of administration and progestin component...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Women's Health
Zsuzsanna Ilona Katalin Jármy-Di Bella, Edward Araujo Júnior, Claudinei Alves Rodrigues, Luiza Torelli, Wellington P Martins, Antonio Fernandes Moron, Manoel João Batista Castello Girão
AIM: To assess the reproducibility of pelvic floor biometric parameters by translabial three-dimensional ultrasound compared with the OmniView® reformatting technique. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional study involving 47 nulliparous women without symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction. The hiatal area and right pubovisceral muscle width measurements were performed in the axial plane using both 3D ultrasound in the rendering mode and OmniView® techniques...
September 2016: Medical Ultrasonography
Mikkel Fode, Ege C Serefoglu, Maarten Albersen, Jens Sønksen
INTRODUCTION: Radical prostatectomies can result in urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunction. Traditionally, these issues have been studied separately, and the sexual problem that has received the most focus has been erectile dysfunction. AIM: To summarize the literature on sexually related side effects and their consequences after radical prostatectomy and focus on the occurrence and management of problems beyond erectile dysfunction. METHODS: The literature on sexuality after radical prostatectomy was reviewed through a Medline search...
August 24, 2016: Sexual Medicine Reviews
Valeria Regina Silva, Cássio Luis Zanettini Riccetto, Natalia Miguel Martinho, Joseane Marques, Leonardo Cesar Carvalho, Simone Botelho
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: several studies have been investigated co-activation can enhance the effectveness of PFM training protocols allowing preventive and therapeutic goals in pelvic floor dysfunctions. The objective of the present study was to investigate if an abdominal-pelvic protocol of training (APT) using gametherapy would allow co-activation of PFM and transversus abdominis/oblique internal (TrA/OI) muscles. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Twenty-five nulliparous, continent, young females, with median age 24...
July 2016: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
Avery Whitis, Diane E Elas, Andrea OʼShea, Colleen K Stockdale
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to present a series of women with a history of traditional abdominoplasty or circumferential abdominoplasty (belt lipectomy) with vulvar concerns and anatomic changes. METHODS: We describe 5 women with a history of abdominoplasty who were referred with symptoms of vulvar pain, dyspareunia, lower urinary tract symptoms, and/or lesion/mass. Physical examination revealed elevation of the clitoris on the pubic symphysis with or without retraction of the clitoral hood in each...
October 2016: Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease
Yechiel Z Burke, Lior Lowenstein
INTRODUCTION: Female sexual dysfunction (FSD) is multifactorial, with psychological and organic elements. Genital sensation, an important component of sexual response, has until recently not been subjected to adequate clinical appraisal. During the past 15 years we have performed Quantitative Sensory Testing (QST) to assess genital sensation in healthy women and women with FSD. AIM: To review available evidence of QST in the investigation of genital sensation in women with FSD...
April 2016: Sexual Medicine Reviews
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