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Ann Biomed Eng. 2009 Aug;37(8):1594-600. doi: 10.1007/s10439-009-9728-8. Epub 2009 Jun 3.

Multidirectional pelvic floor muscle strength measurement.

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Bioengineering Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. cristinasaleme@gmail.com

Abstract

Pelvic floor muscle (PFM) strength measurement provides useful information for the study of pelvic floor dysfunctions. Vaginal digital palpation, intravaginal pressure measurements, and the use of a dynamometric speculum represent currently available clinical methods for evaluating PFM strength. However, none of these methods provide a dynamic measurement of pelvic floor strength in multiple directions simultaneously. The aim of the present paper is to report the development and first measurement trial of a device that follows the vaginal canal morphology and is able to measure pelvic floor strength multidirectionally.

PMID:
19495980
DOI:
10.1007/s10439-009-9728-8
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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