Evaluation and Management of Pelvic Organ Prolapse in Elderly Women

Javier Pizarro-Berdichevsky, Marisa M. Clifton, Howard B. Goldman

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Abstract

Pelvic organ prolapse is a common disease in elderly patients. The most important symptom is vaginal bulge (bulge sensation or the sensation of something coming down through the vaginal introitus). This symptom is not different than in the general population. Diagnosis can be confirmed using just vaginal examinations to identify the presence of protrusion beyond the hymen, and is not different than in the general population. Different treatment options are available, including observation, nonsurgical, and surgical techniques. Pessaries and colpocleisis are the treatment options used more often in elderly patients than in the general population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)507-521
Number of pages15
JournalClinics in geriatric medicine
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes

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