Embryologic Origins

Our consideration of the pelvic floor organs as a single function unit is further augmented by understanding the common embryologic origin of the structures that compose the pelvic floor. The urogenital sinus and endodermal cloaca lead to the formation of the structures comprising the pelvic floor. It is therefore not surprising that symptomatic conditions can affect adjacent organ systems, a clear example being urogenital sinus irritative symptoms (Chapter 9-2). Abnormal embryologic development can thus also lead to a predisposition for pelvic floor dysfunction in certain women, including short urethra syndrome, shortened perineal body, and altered mucosal sensitivity. These factors are obviously immutable.

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