Reflections on the knowledge base for obstetric fistula

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This article presents the reflections of an experienced fistula surgeon and an epidemiologist on the current knowledge base for obstetric fistula. The incidence, prevention, and management of vesico-vaginal and recto-vaginal fistula are discussed. The authors call for more randomized controlled trials to determine the effectiveness of surgical interventions for fistula repair.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S21-4
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics
Volume99 Suppl 1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2007


  • treatment, obstetric, prevention, epidemiology, fistula