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levator

[lə′vād·ər]
(medicine)
An instrument used for raising a depressed portion of the skull.
(physiology)
Any muscle that raises or elevates a part.
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Participants must learn how to identify and correctly contract the levator ani muscle without recruiting the adjacent upper abdominal, gluteal, and leg muscles (Robinson, 2000).
17) Chronic proctalgia is further characterized into two subtypes, levator ani syndrome and unspecified functional anorectal pain, based on the presence or absence of reported tenderness during posterior traction on the puborectalis musculature.
New advances in imaging techniques have the potential to provide objective confirmation of findings assessed by examination, such as levator ani injuries, or structural findings not clear to the clinician, depending on pelvic anatomy, during a clinical examination.
With further research, DeLancey says, doctors may be able to better predict a woman's risk for levator ani tears and other pelvic injuries, and perhaps help women like Carol avoid them.
Myogenic changes of the levator ani muscle in premenopausal women: the impact of vaginal delivery and age.
The left ischioanal fossa cystic lesion (solid arrow) shows enhancing wall and internal septations, breaching the left levator ani muscle and extending into the left perineal subcutaneous fat (dashed arrow).
A gadolinium-enhanced pelvic MRI showed necrosis of the levator ani muscle bilaterally and more markedly on the right (Figure 1).
Dietz takes a new tack in the debate over cesarean versus forceps by pointing to a recently highlighted abnormality in women who deliver by forceps: levator ani muscle avulsion, or LMA--traumatic disconnection of the levator ani from the pelvic sidewall.
MRI is particularly useful in showing the relationship of fistulous track to the levator ani muscle and ischioanal/ischiorectal fossa.
The rectovaginal area was cut until the inner section of the levator ani muscle was visible.