Obstetric fistulae: a study of patients managed at the Monze Mission Hospital Zambia

A Holme, M Breen, Christine MacArthur

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    Objective The objective of this study was to describe and compare characteristics of women with obstetric fistula. Design Retrospective cross-sectional study. Setting Zambia's primary fistula repair centre, Monze Mission Hospital. Sample All women, August 2003 to December 2005. Method Review of case notes to obtain data on socio-demographic and obstetric characteristics, causative pregnancy, clinical details, and treatment. Comparison of characteristics with national data was undertaken. Results Of 259 women, 239 had socio-demographic and obstetric records and 254 had surgical records. Educational status and height of women were significantly below the national averages, while antenatal care uptake (97.5%) and proportion from the Northern Province were significantly above. Most women (77.9%) weighed
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1010-1017
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007


    • obstetric fistula
    • vesicovaginal fistula


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