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Urinary Stress Incontinence Among Obese Women: Review of Pathophysiology Therapy

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Obesity is a common condition among women in developed countries and has a major impact on stress urinary incontinence. Women suffering from obesity manifest increased intra-abdominal pressures, which adversely stress the pelvic floor and may contribute to the development of urinary incontinence. In addition, obesity may affect the neuromuscular function of the genitourinary tract, thereby also contributing to incontinence. Accordingly, thorough evaluation of obese women must be performed prior to the institution of treatment. Weight loss may relieve urinary incontinence, but definitive therapy via operative procedures is effective even in obese patients and should be recommended with confidence.

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Cummings, J., Rodning, C. Urinary Stress Incontinence Among Obese Women: Review of Pathophysiology Therapy . Int Urogynecol J 11, 41–44 (2000). https://doi.org/10.1007/s001920050008

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  • Key words:Obesity; Stress urinary incontinence; Urodynamics