Correlation of POP-Q posterior compartment measures with defecatory dysfunction - Abstract

INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: The relationships of Pelvic Organ Prolapse Quantification (POP-Q) items pb and Bp with defecatory dysfunction were evaluated with the hypothesis that increased values for both items would correlate with symptoms of stool trapping.

METHODS: Pelvic Floor Distress Inventory (PFDI-20) results and POP-Q exams from 1,663 urogynecology patients were compiled in a database. Rectocele was defined as POP-Q point Bp > -0.5 and perineocele as pb >3. PFDI-20 questions were used to compare defecatory symptoms and bother in women with and without rectocele and perineocele.

RESULTS: While perineocele was not associated with symptoms or bother, women with isolated rectoceles had higher rates of splinting (p < 0.001) and incomplete evacuation (p = 0.001) and higher bother scores (p < 0.001) than those with neither rectocele nor perineocele.

CONCLUSIONS: The POP-Q Bp point, but not the pb measurement, correlates with symptoms of defecatory dysfunction.

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Collins SA, O'Sullivan DM, Lasala CA.   Are you the author?
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Urogynecology, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT, USA.

Reference: Int Urogynecol J. 2012 Jan 17. Epub ahead of print.
doi: 10.1007/s00192-011-1643-5

PubMed Abstract
PMID: 22249278 Female Urology Section