Clinical consequences of anal sphincter rupture during vaginal delivery.

  title={Clinical consequences of anal sphincter rupture during vaginal delivery.},
  author={E K Fornell and Gertrud Berg and Olof J Hallb{\"o}{\"o}k and L S Matthiesen and Rune I. Sj{\"o}dahl},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Surgeons},
  volume={183 6},
BACKGROUND Rupture of the anal sphincters at childbirth is considered rare in obstetric literature. Long-term effects are sparingly mentioned. In clinical practice, however, it is not uncommon to meet women with anal incontinence. The aim of our study was to record the incidence and to evaluate the consequences of rupture of the anal sphincter at childbirth. STUDY DESIGN Fifty-one consecutive women with primarily sutured anal sphincter rupture and 31 women without anal sphincter rupture were… CONTINUE READING

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