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Obstetric fistulas: A clinical review

Publication Year: 2007

A high proportion of genitourinary fistulas have an obstetric origin. Obstetric fistulas are caused by prolonged obstructed labor coupled with a lack of medical attention. While successful management with prolonged bladder drainage has occasionally been reported, mature fistulas require formal operative repair, and it is crucial that the first repair is done properly. The literature reports 3 approaches to fistula repair: vaginal, abdominal, and combined vaginal and abdominal. Many authors report high success rates for the surgical closure of obstetric fistulas at the time of hospital discharge, without further evaluation of the repair’s effect on urinary continence or subsequent quality of life. Data on obstetric fistulas are scarce, and thus many questions regarding fistula management remain unanswered. A standardized terminology and classification, as well as a data reporting system on the surgical management of obstetric fistulas and its outcomes, are critical steps that need to be taken immediately.

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