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 standing
position as well as while she is lying down and ask her to cough or
strain to increase the pressure in the abdomen.
- Specific conditions, such as ureteral obstruction due to complete prolapse, may need an
intravenous pyelogram (IVP) or renal sonography. In an IVP, dye is injected into a vein, and a series of
X-rays are taken to view its progress through the urinary tract.
- Ultrasound may be used to rule out other pelvic problems. In this test, a
sensor device is passed over the abdomen or inserted into the vagina to create images with sound waves.
- Sometimes, other imaging tests such as MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
may be used to accurately image the pelvis.
George Lazarou, MD, FACOG
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