Bowel symptoms in women planning surgery for pelvic organ prolapse

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  • Objective: The objective of the study was to measure associations between bowel symptoms and prolapse. Study design: Baseline data were analyzed from 322 women in the Colpopexy And Urinary Reduction Efforts trial of sacrocolpopexy with or without Burch colposuspension. Women completed the Colorectal-Anal Distress Inventory and Colorectal-Anal Impact Questionnaire and underwent Pelvic Organ Prolapse Quantification. Associations between symptoms and questionnaire scores and Pelvic Organ Prolapse Quantification measures were assessed. Results: Mean age was 61 ± 10 years. Pelvic Organ Prolapse Quantification stages were II (14%), III (67%), and IV (19%). Colorectal-Anal Distress Inventory symptoms did not increase with prolapse stage. Colorectal-Anal Distress Inventory obstructive subscale scores were higher in stage II women (median 29 [interquartile range 8,92] versus 17 [0,33] and 25 [0,38] for stages III and IV, respectively; adjusted P = .01). The few statistically significant correlations between symptoms and vaginal descent were negative and weak (less than 0.2). Conclusion: Bowel symptoms and questionnaire scores do not increase with prolapse stage in women presenting for sacrocolpopexy. © 2006 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
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  • Bradley CS; Brown MB; Cundiff GW; Goode PS; Kenton KS; Nygaard IE; Whitehead WE; Wren PA; Weber AM
  • Start Page

  • 1814
  • End Page

  • 1819
  • Volume

  • 195
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  • 6