Imaging the pelvic floor

Imaging the pelvic floor Tech Coloproctol (2017) 21:497–499 DOI 10.1007/s10151-017-1668-y EDITORIAL Imaging the pelvic floor G. A. Santoro Received: 17 July 2017 / Accepted: 18 July 2017 / Published online: 3 August 2017 Springer International Publishing AG 2017 Urinary and fecal incontinence, obstructed defecation, anatomical defects of the posterior vaginal wall, overesti- pelvic pain and pelvic organ prolapse are common in older mating the presence of rectocele (large false-positive rate) multiparous women, affecting approximately 16% of but missing enterocele or intussusception in patients with females aged 40–56 years [1]. As we evaluate a patient primary pelvic organ prolapse (large false-negative rate) with a clinically evident anatomic defect (rectocele, rectal [3, 4]. Imaging allows the clinician to better evaluate the prolapse, perineal descent), it is essential to establish patients in order to determine what anatomical alterations whether this defect is really associated with the patient’s are present, and this leads to appropriate surgical inter- symptoms (obstructed defecation). Moreover, a pelvic floor ventions and increased success rates [5]. Traditional disorder in one compartment frequently coexists with dis- evacuation proctography or colpocystoproctography, orders involving other compartments. Indeed, rather than modern dynamic magnetic resonance imaging and ultra- considering the pelvic floor as divided into three vertical sound Techniques in Coloproctology Springer Journals

Imaging the pelvic floor

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