Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Int Urol Nephrol. 1996;28(4):485-94.

Stress urinary incontinence in women. II. Abnormalities of glycogenolysis in tissues related to the lower urinary tract.

Author information

  • 1Department of Gynaecology and Septic Obstetrics, School of Medicine, Białystok, Poland.


The aim of the study was the investigation of the biochemical condition of elements likely to directly participate in active closing of the urethral lumen. We estimated glycogenolysis in urinary bladder, perivesical connective tissue and levator ani muscle (LAM) samples obtained intraoperatively from 80 stress incontinent women. Glycogen content as well as activities of active and total glycogen phosphorylase and acid exo-1,4-alpha-glucosidase were measured. Material from the urinary bladder and perivesical connective tissue was insignificantly altered, and glycogen contents in the bladder (2.03 +/- 1.38 g/100 g wet tissue) were considered to be normal. In the LAM glycogenolysis was much more activated than in other tissues (p < 0.001 by Fischer's exact test). Of LAM specimens 78% (22/28) revealed imbalanced biochemistry of glycogen with activation of hydrolytic decomposition. We conclude that stress urinary incontinence in women is frequently associated with metabolic alterations in the periurethral striated fibres. This study indirectly supports our recent hypothesis on the pathogenesis of the disease in terms of muscle fibre type transitions.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk