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How is uterine prolapse classified?

Uterine prolapse is classified according to the amount of uterus that has descended into and through the vaginal canal. In first degree prolapse, the uterus has reached the upper vagina; in second degree, it has reached the level of the vaginal opening (introitus or hymen); in third degree, the lower part of the uterus (the cervix) is outside the body; and in fourth degree, the entire uterus is outside the body. Fourth degree uterine prolapse is also known as procidentia.

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