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Histomorphological analysis of the urogenital diaphragm in elderly women: a cadaver study


Betschart, C; Scheiner, D; Maake, C; Vich, M; Slomianka, L; Fink, D; Perucchini, D (2008). Histomorphological analysis of the urogenital diaphragm in elderly women: a cadaver study. International Urogynecology Journal, 19(11):1477-1481.

Abstract

The objective of this study was to describe the histomorphological structure of the urogenital diaphragm in elderly women using a modern morphometric procedure. Biopsies were taken from the posterior margin of the urogenital diaphragm of 22 female cadavers (mean age, 87 years) using a 60-mm punch. Hematoxylin/eosin and Goldner sections were analyzed with the Cavalieri estimator. The mean thickness of the urogenital diaphragm was 5.5 mm. The main component was connective tissue. All biopsies contained smooth muscle. Eighteen biopsies contained more smooth muscle than striated muscle. In six of 22 biopsies, no striated muscle was found. The ratio of striated to smooth muscle to connective tissue was 1:2.3:13.3. Muscle fibers were dispersed in all parts of the urogenital diaphragm. The urogenital diaphragm of elderly women mainly consists of connective tissue. Smooth muscle was also found but to a lesser extent. The frequently used English term "perineal membrane" for the urogenital diaphragm is justified and well describes our findings in elderly women.

The objective of this study was to describe the histomorphological structure of the urogenital diaphragm in elderly women using a modern morphometric procedure. Biopsies were taken from the posterior margin of the urogenital diaphragm of 22 female cadavers (mean age, 87 years) using a 60-mm punch. Hematoxylin/eosin and Goldner sections were analyzed with the Cavalieri estimator. The mean thickness of the urogenital diaphragm was 5.5 mm. The main component was connective tissue. All biopsies contained smooth muscle. Eighteen biopsies contained more smooth muscle than striated muscle. In six of 22 biopsies, no striated muscle was found. The ratio of striated to smooth muscle to connective tissue was 1:2.3:13.3. Muscle fibers were dispersed in all parts of the urogenital diaphragm. The urogenital diaphragm of elderly women mainly consists of connective tissue. Smooth muscle was also found but to a lesser extent. The frequently used English term "perineal membrane" for the urogenital diaphragm is justified and well describes our findings in elderly women.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Gynecology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:November 2008
Deposited On:12 Jan 2009 08:17
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:49
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0937-3462
Additional Information:The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Publisher DOI:10.1007/s00192-008-0669-9
PubMed ID:18575798
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-10087

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