A prolapse of a pelvic organ is
sometimes difficult to diagnose.
Pelvic organ prolapse that does not cause symptoms is
often discovered during a routine exam. You may be aware that there is a
problem but be unsure of the exact location or cause. If prolapse is suspected,
your doctor will take your medical history, including your symptoms and your
history of pregnancies and other health problems, and do a physical exam,
Tests may be done to
find out the nature of a prolapse, particularly if it is causing problems with bladder or bowel function. These tests include:
Doctors use a classification system to determine the level
of an organ's prolapse. Identifying the exact level of prolapse helps guide
decisions about which treatments are most likely to offer long-term success.
classification uses "stages" of prolapse and is based
on how close the lowest part of the organ is to the opening of your vagina (the
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March 12, 2014
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