Pelvic Organ Prolapse Awareness Month

By Riva Preil June marks Pelvic Organ Prolapse Awareness Month.  Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a descent of the uterus, bladder, and/or rectum.  It is often associated with stress urinary incontinence or bowel dysfunction.  Patients often report a feeling of fullness in the vagina or the feeling of a tampon falling out. Multiple factors affect …

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Scleroderma Scholarship I

By Riva Preil June marks National Scleroderma Awareness Month. Scleroderma is a chronic autoimmune disease whose primary symptoms include fibrosis (hardening) of the skin and blood vessel changes. The underlying cause of scleroderma is unknown, however it tends to run in families, which indicates that there is a genetic component to the disease yet to …

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Prolapse Particulars, Part II

By Riva Preil Mild prolapse may be asymptomatic, and POP may only first become noticeable at later stages of the dysfunction.  The signs and symptoms of bladder or urethral prolapse include urinary incontinence, urgency (sudden strong urge to urinate), urinary frequency (voiding more frequently than normal, generally assumed to be more than 8x/day).  It may …

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Myasthenia Month

By Riva Preil June marks Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month, the disease that has affected people such as quarterback Brandon Cox, Christopher Robin Milne (son of Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne), and Aristotle Onassis. Myasthenia Gravis (MG) is a chronic, non-progressive neuromuscular autoimmune disease characterized by muscle weakness and fatigue.  On a cellular level, the …

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