Predicting obstetric anal sphincter injuries in a modern obstetric population.

@article{Meister2016PredictingOA,
  title={Predicting obstetric anal sphincter injuries in a modern obstetric population.},
  author={Melanie R L Meister and Alison G Cahill and Shayna N. Conner and Candice L Woolfolk and Jerry L. Lowder},
  journal={American journal of obstetrics and gynecology},
  year={2016},
  volume={215 3},
  pages={
          310.e1-7
        }
}
BACKGROUND Perineal lacerations are common at the time of vaginal delivery and may predispose patients to long-term pelvic floor disorders, such as urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Obstetric anal sphincter injuries, which are the most severe form of perineal lacerations, result in disruption of the anal sphincter and, in some cases, the rectal mucosa during vaginal delivery. Long-term morbidity, including pain, pelvic floor disorders, fecal incontinence, and predisposition to… CONTINUE READING
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