Recent studies of genetic dysfunction in pelvic organ prolapse: The role of collagen defects

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Abstract

Gynaecologists are becoming increasingly aware that women with a family history of prolapse are at an increased risk of prolapse refractory to treatment. In the past five years, several genetic mutations have been shown to correlate with increased prolapse susceptibility. These mutations can result in disordered collagen metabolism, which weaken the fascial support of the pelvic organs. This review examines the contemporary evidence regarding the role of collagen in prolapse.

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