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Prolapsed Uterus (cont.)

Prolapsed Uterus Diagnosis

The health care professional can diagnose uterine prolapse with a medical history and physical examination of the pelvis.

  • The doctor may need to examine the patient in both standing and recumbent positions.
  • She may be asked to cough or strain down to increase the intra-abdominal pressure.
  • Specific conditions, such as urethral obstruction due to complete uterine prolapse, may need to be confirmed with an intravenous pyelogram (IVP) or a renal ultrasound. In an IVP, dye is injected into a vein. A series of X-rays is then taken to follow the dye through the urinary tract.
  • Ultrasound may also be needed to rule out other pelvic problems. In this test, a probe is passed over the abdomen or inserted into the vagina to create images using sound waves.
  • Sometimes, other imaging tests such as MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) may be used to accurately image the pelvis. This test is usually only necessary in special circumstances.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/25/2016
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