Recto-vaginal/urethral fistula: repair with gracilis muscle transposition.

Micha Rabau, Osnat Zmora, Hagit Tulchinsky, Eyal Gur, Gideon Goldman

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This study was designed to assess the efficacy of gracilis muscle transposition in repairing recto-vaginal and rectourethral fistula. All patients had fecal diversion as a preliminary or concurrent step to fistula repair. Success was defined as healed fistula after stoma closure. Results: Six females and four males underwent gracilis muscle transposition from 1999 to 2006. Gracilis muscle transposition is a viable option for repairing fistulas between the urethra, vagina and the rectum, especially after failed perineal or trans-anal repair. It is associated with low morbidity and good success rate. Underlying Crohn's disease and previous radiation are associated with poor prognosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-84
Number of pages4
JournalActa chirurgica Iugoslavica
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


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