What is a vaginal pressure profile and how might this be useful?

Workshop 36

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David Budgett


Jennifer Kruger


Chantale L Dumoulin


Margaret Joy Sherburn


Jennifer Kruger
David Budgett
Chantale L Dumoulin
Margaret Joy Sherburn

Aims & Objectives

90 minutes
Anatomy / Biomechanics
Pure and Applied Science / Translational
pressure pelvic floor muscles incontinence
Urology, Urogynaecology, Basic Science, Conservative Management

The aim of the workshop is to provide a basic understanding of the biomechanics associated with the development of a vaginal pressure profile. It will explore how changes in the pelvic anatomy (usually due to pelvic organ prolapse or urinary incontinence) are likely to impact on vaginal pressures and how this may influence the pressure differential along the length of the vagina.
Participants will have an up to date review of instrumentation development used to measure pressure to assess pelvic floor muscle function/dysfunction. Recent advances in instrumentation development, data interpretation and the potential application of the profile (intra-abdominal pressure vs pelvic floor muscle pressure) will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives

  • 1. Understanding the basic biomechanics that are involved the development of pressure changes in the vagina
  • 2. How to relate a vaginal pressure profile to a clinical condition
  • 3. Practical applications of the vaginal pressure profile