Old Women Body Balance: Does the Pelvic Organ Prolapse Matter?

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Abstract

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a common condition in older women. We have observed that patients with advanced POP complain of body imbalance. The purpose of this study was to investigate impact of advanced POP on older women's body balance. Thirty-eight consecutive women were selected. Body balance was assessed by stabilometric measures (SM) and the Berg Balance Scale (BBS). Groups, nonadvanced versus advanced POP, were statistically similar on the BBS and all SM, but median center of pressure displacement speed (COPd-speed) was P = .04. A univariate analysis did not confirm any association between advanced POP and increased COPd-speed. Advanced POP may have no impact on older women's body balance.

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