Perineal ultrasound evaluation of the urethrovesical junction angle and urethral mobility in nulliparous women and women following vaginal delivery

Sergio Costantini, Chiara Nadalini, Francesca Esposito, Mario Menada Valenzano, Domenico Risso, Pasquale Lantieri, Emanuela Mistrangelo

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to demonstrate the differences in the urethrovesical junction angle and urethral mobility by means of perineal ultrasounds in women following vaginal delivery with respect to nulliparous women. We have enrolled 34 women, 12 nulliparous (Group A) and 22 women in the post-partum period (Group B). The ultrasounds were employed to measure the urethrovesical junction angle ("urethro-pelvic" angle) and the urethral mobility. Data obtained show that the urethro-pelvic angle is narrower in Group A (97.3°) with respect to Group B (112.5°). Urethral mobility while coughing was significantly higher in Group B (30.4°) with respect to Group A (-2°). This study demonstrates the difference in the urethral support at rest and during cough in nulliparous versus recently delivered parous women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455-459
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Volume16
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005

Keywords

  • Pelvic floor
  • Pelvic statics
  • Perineal ultrasound
  • Urethral mobility
  • Urethrovesical junction angle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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