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Bladder and bowel symptoms among women with vulvar disease: are they universal?
The Journal of reproductive medicine
  • Colleen M. Kennedy, University of Iowa
  • I. E. Nygaard
  • Catherine S. Bradley, University of Iowa
  • R. P. Galask
Document Type
Article
Peer Reviewed
1
Publication Date
12-1-2007
NLM Title Abbreviation
J Reprod Med
PubMed ID
18210896
Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To compare the prevalence of painful bladder syndrome, recurrent urinary tract infections, urinary leakage and irritable bowel syndrome between women with specific vulvar disorders and controls. STUDY DESIGN: Women with a primary diagnosis of vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia (dysplasia), vulvar vestibulitis (vestibulitis), contact vulvitis, atrophic vulvovaginitis, lichen simplex, lichen sclerosus and lichen planus, were compared to women presenting for annual examinations. RESULTS: As compared to controls, painful bladder syndrome was more prevalent among subjects with dysplasia, vestibulitis and contact vulvitis; a history of recurrent urinary tract infection was more prevalent among subjects with contact vulvitis; and urinary incontinence was less prevalent in subjects with lichen sclerosus. Irritable bowel syndrome was more prevalent among subjects with dysplasia, vestibulitis, lichen sclerosus, lichen planus and lichen simplex than controls. CONCLUSION: The prevalence of bladder and irritable bowel symptoms varies between vulvar disorders.

Keywords
  • Adult,
  • Aged,
  • Aged,
  • 80 and over,
  • Comorbidity,
  • Cross-Sectional Studies,
  • Female,
  • Humans,
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome/epidemiology,
  • Middle Aged,
  • Pain/epidemiology,
  • Prevalence,
  • Questionnaires,
  • Recurrence,
  • Urinary Bladder Diseases/epidemiology,
  • Urinary Incontinence/epidemiology,
  • Urinary Tract Infections/epidemiology,
  • Vulvar Diseases/epidemiology
Published Article/Book Citation
The Journal of reproductive medicine, 52:12 (2007) pp.1073-1078.
Citation Information
Colleen M. Kennedy, I. E. Nygaard, Catherine S. Bradley and R. P. Galask. "Bladder and bowel symptoms among women with vulvar disease: are they universal?" The Journal of reproductive medicine Vol. 52 Iss. 12 (2007) p. 1073 - 1078 ISSN: 0024-7758
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/colleen_stockdale/16/