International Urogynecology Journal

, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 347–352

The inter-system association between the simplified pelvic organ prolapse quantification system (S-POP) and the standard pelvic organ prolapse quantification system (POPQ) in describing pelvic organ prolapse


    • Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi HospitalMahidol University
  • Lone Mouritsen
    • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Glostrup County HospitalUniversity of Copenhagen
  • Paulo Palma
    • Universidade Estadual de Campinas
  • Oscar Contreras-Ortiz
    • Faculty of MedicineUniversity of Buenos Aires
  • Jeffrey E. Korte
    • Department of Medicine/Division of Biostatistics and EpidemiologyMedical University of South Carolina
  • Steven Swift
    • Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyMedical University of South Carolina
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00192-010-1286-y

Cite this article as:
Manonai, J., Mouritsen, L., Palma, P. et al. Int Urogynecol J (2011) 22: 347. doi:10.1007/s00192-010-1286-y


Introduction and hypothesis

The objective of this study is to determine the association between the POPQ and a simplified version of the POPQ.


This was an observational study. The subjects with pelvic floor disorder symptoms underwent two exams: a POPQ exam and a simplified POPQ. To compare with the simplified POPQ, vaginal segments of the POPQ exam were defined using points Ba, Bp, C, and D. Primary outcome was the association between the overall ordinal stages from each exam.


One hundred forty-three subjects with mean age of 56 +/− 13 years. Twenty three subjects were status post-hysterectomy. The Kendall's tau-b statistic for overall stage was 0.80, for the anterior vaginal wall the Kendall's tau-b was 0.71, for the posterior vaginal wall segment the Kendall's tau-b was 0.71, for the cervix the Kendall's tau-b was 0.88, for the posterior fornix/vaginal cuff the Kendall's tau-b was 0.85.


There is substantial association between the POPQ and a simplified version of the POPQ.


Simplified pelvic organ prolapse quantification systemStandard pelvic organ prolapse quantification systemInter-system association

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