Is an obstetric fistula serious for young girls?

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Laura Corio, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

An obstetric fistula is very serious for a young girl. Thank goodness, in the united states we do not see obstetrical fistulas but rather urogenital tract fistulas from gynecologic injuries. Fistulas between the urinary tract and the vagina will allow leakage of urine from the vagina. This can cause recurrent infections and irritation to the vulva skin. If this occurs, it needs to be taken care of quickly.

Obstetric fistulas are a serious condition for young girls. Young girls in developing countries - especially countries in Africa and Asia - are more prone to this condition because of an underdeveloped pelvis and skeletal system. This underdevelopment may be a result of malnutrition. These young girls are usually prevented from attending school, participating in activities, and having a normal life. It is important to give support and encouragement to young girls with this condition.

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