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Vulvar disease: A pelvic floor pain disorder?
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Colleen M. Kennedy, University of Iowa
  • I. E. Nygaard
  • A. Saftlas
  • T. L. Burns
  • J. C. Torner
  • R. P. Galask
Document Type
Article
Peer Reviewed
1
Publication Date
6-1-2005
NLM Title Abbreviation
Obstet Gynecol
DOI of Published Version
10.1016/j.ajog.2004.12.059
Abstract
Objective: The purpose of this study was to compare the rates of painful bladder syndrome and functional bowel disorders in women with vulvar disease and control subjects. Study design: In this cross-sectional survey, a questionnaire that contained validated outcome measures was administered to women who were seeking care in a vulvar disease clinic and in general gynecology clinics. Results: Women who were seen at a vulvar disease clinic were 2.18 (95% CI, 1.19, 3.97) times more likely to have painful bladder syndrome and 2.13 (95% CI, 1.35, 3.35) times more likely to have functional bowel disorders than general gynecology clinic control subjects after multivariable analyses. Conclusion: Painful bladder syndrome and functional bowel disorders are more prevalent in women who are seen at a vulvar disease clinic than gynecology clinics control subjects. These associations may reflect a common origin for these disorders in certain women. These findings lay the groundwork for future research to investigate a potential "pelvic floor pain disorder," which is a disease entity that would combine the diagnostic criteria for vulvar, bladder, and bowel pain disorders. (c) 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Published Article/Book Citation
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 192:6 (2005) pp.1829-1834.
Citation Information
Colleen M. Kennedy, I. E. Nygaard, A. Saftlas, T. L. Burns, et al.. "Vulvar disease: A pelvic floor pain disorder?" American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Vol. 192 Iss. 6 (2005) p. 1829 - 1834 ISSN: 0002-9378
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