Women’s Health: August 2021

Sarcopenia and Visceral Obesity are Significantly Related to Severe Storage Symptoms in Geriatric Female Patients

Mamoru Hashimoto, Nobutaka Shimizu, Mitsuhisa Nishimoto, Takafumi Minami, Kazutoshi Fujita, Kazuhiro Yoshimura, Akihide Hirayama, Hirotsugu Uemura

Purpose: This study aimed to elucidate the relationship of psoas muscle atrophy and visceral obesity with lower urinary tract symptoms in geriatric female patients.

Patients and Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of female patients aged ≥65 years. The psoas muscle index was defined, using computed tomography, as the cross-sectional area of the psoas muscle at the third lumbar vertebral level divided by the body surface area. We also measured visceral fat area at the umbilical level using computed tomography. We used logistic regression analysis to examine the relationships between the International Prostate Symptom Score (total score, voiding subscore, and storage subscore) and variables, such as age, body mass index, psoas muscle index, and visceral fat area. The International Prostate Symptom Score was categorized as mild, moderate, or severe.

Results: One hundred thirty-nine patients were included in our study. In the logistic regression analysis, we found statistically significant relationships between severe (versus mild-to-moderate) International Prostate Symptom Score storage subscore and variables, including low and high levels of psoas muscle index and visceral fat area, respectively. We could not find any significant relationships between the International Prostate Symptom Score total score and voiding subscore and the variables.

Conclusion: Psoas muscle atrophy and visceral fat accumulation are potential risk factors for severe storage symptoms in female patients aged ≥65 years.

Keywords: female, International Prostate Symptom Score, overactive bladder symptom, psoas muscle, visceral fat.

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Copyright © 2021 Hashimoto et al. This work is published and licensed by Dove Medical Press Limited.