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Irreversible traumatic distension of the levator hiatus

By | 2012-01-16T07:17:09+00:00 November 21st, 2011|Help, Learn, Professional Resources|

I read with interest the paper by Shek and Dietz,1 and congratulate the authors for an informative study. With all its limitations, such as early postpartum follow-up, the authors have described a new form of birth trauma (irreversible overdistension injury), which is distinct from levator avulsion injury, and cannot be detected by static magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In their study, 13% of women after a normal vaginal delivery had levator avulsion diagnosed...

Innervation of the Levator Ani and Coccygeus Muscles of the Female Rat

By | 2017-12-11T09:30:48+00:00 November 21st, 2011|Help, Learn, Professional Resources|

In humans, the pelvic floor skeletal muscles support the viscera. Damage to innervation of these muscles during parturition may contribute to pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence. Unfortunately, animal models that are suitable for studying parturition-induced pelvic floor neuropathy and its treatment are rare. The present study describes the intrapelvic skeletal muscles (i.e., the iliocaudalis, pubocaudalis, and coccygeus) and their innervation in the rat to assess its usefulness as a model for studies of pelvic floor nerve damage and repair.