An estimated 40% of women who give birth vaginally go on to develop one or more of the problems collectively known as pelvic floor disorders. These include stress incontinence, overactive bladder, uterine prolapse (in which the uterus drops out of its normal position), cystocele (in which the bladder bulges into the vagina), rectocele (in which the rectum bulges into the vagina), and fecal incontinence. These disorders often grow worse over time, requiring surgical repair in at least 11% of women over all.
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What pelvic floor disorders can affect women?
May Wakamatsu, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, answered
What can cause kidney scarring?
Anthony Komaroff, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredScarring occurs during the healing process after damage to living tissue and cells. Scars are an imperfect process for damaged tissues to heal. Scarring usually does not cause pain. It can on rare occasions lead to impaired function of an organ if the scarring is extensive.
When this occurs in the kidney, it is usually the result of an infection within the kidney tissue. Very often, this occurs from a urinary tract infection. There would rarely be any related pain or other symptoms.
Scarring may be seen on imaging of the kidney (ultrasound, CAT scan, or MRI) without the person ever knowing they have scarring.
Another much less common cause of kidney scarring is a blood clot that prevents oxygen getting to a part of the kidney. This leads to damage of the tissue and the formation of scars.
If my kidneys are barely working, can my kidney function return to normal?
Anthony Komaroff, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredKidneys clean the blood and rid the body of waste products. Healthy kidneys function at 100%, but many medical conditions can lead to a loss of function. Once function drops below 15%, a person may need dialysis (a process to clean the blood) or a kidney transplant. Kidney function is estimated by blood tests.
Whether kidney function can improve depends on how quickly the kidney became damaged and the reasons they were injured.
Some diseases that cause rapid damage can be treated, but in most cases, kidney function will not return to 100%. If the kidney damage occurred over a longer time period (from months to years), the possibility of significantly improving the function of the kidneys is much less likely.
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