Urinary Fistula and Incontinence

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Abstract

It is estimated that as many as 3.5 million women worldwide suffer from obstetric urinary fistula. This public health tragedy is a result of obstructed labor and inadequate access to health care, and its eradication lies in prevention and treatment. Efforts at prevention should be made through targeted education and public intervention for improved nutrition, access to health care, and women's social status. Diagnosis and treatment in limited resource settings can occur, and there are specific recommendations regarding nonsurgical and surgical approaches to care. Treatment success may be complicated by social, psychological, and clinical factors, with reintegration a primary concern for this group of women.

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