Clinical measurement of pelvic floor movement: Evaluation of a new device
2004 (English)In: Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, ISSN 0012-3706, E-ISSN 1530-0358, Vol. 47, no 5, 787-792 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
PURPOSE:: A new device that measures pelvic floor movement clinically was evaluated.
METHODS:: The device consists of a rectal balloon with a magnet at its exterior end. The magnet moves in an electromagnetic field synchronous with the pelvic floor movements. This movement is measured and displayed on a computer screen in front of the seated patient. Twenty-eight healthy volunteers (15 females) were examined. On a separate day, 17 of them were tested a second time by the same investigator and a third time by a different investigator.
RESULTS:: One volunteer developed a vasovagal reaction. The median (range) pelvic floor lift and descent was 2 (range, 0.6-4.5) cm and 1.8 (range, 0.5-5.6) cm respectively. Day-to-day and interobserver reproducibility was good. Coughing and blowing a party balloon caused pelvic floor descent in the majority of participants. Twenty of 28 volunteers were able to expel the rectal balloon.
CONCLUSIONS:: The device measures cranial and caudal movements of the pelvic floor with minimal discomfort and good reproducibility. The device may have a large potential as biofeedback device in pelvic floor training.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 47, no 5, 787-792 p.
Clinical method, Measurement, Movement, Pelvic floor
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-45747DOI: 10.1007/s10350-003-0109-3PubMedID: 15073661OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-45747DiVA: diva2:266643
On the day of the defence day the status of this article was submitted.2009-10-112009-10-112012-09-17Bibliographically approved