Importance of Urologic Assessment for Pelvic Organ Prolapse With Occult Incontinence

A Case Study

William E. Somerall, Jr., MD, MAEd; Lisa S. Pair, DNP, RN, WHNP-BC


Urol Nurs. 2020;40(5):245-247, 257. 

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Vaginal prolapse is a common health care condition of females that can mask the presence of UI. Proceeding to surgical repair without complete assessment of POP often results in the discovery of occult SUI that is unmasked postoperatively when normal pelvic anatomy was restored. As a result of newly identified occult SUI, further treatment may be necessary.

Complete physical examination and use of various techniques to assess for the presence of occult SUI is important for optimal evaluation and care of the patient. Once identified, the presence of occult SUI provides important information to providers for optimal management of symptomatic POP in females, particularly preoperatively when surgical correction is anticipated.