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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1996 Jul;175(1):10-7.

The standardization of terminology of female pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic floor dysfunction.

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  • 1Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710, USA.


This article presents a standard system of terminology recently approved by the International Continence Society, the American Urogynecologic Society, and the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons for the description of female pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic floor dysfunction. An objective site-specific system for describing, quantitating, and staging pelvic support in women is included. It has been developed to enhance both clinical and academic communication regarding individual patients and populations of patients. Clinicians and researchers caring for women with pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic floor dysfunction are encouraged to learn and use the system.

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