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Clin Colon Rectal Surg. 2007 May;20(2):96-101. doi: 10.1055/s-2007-977487.

Rectovaginal fistulas: current surgical management.

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  • 1Division of Surgical Oncology and Colon and Rectal Surgery, Stony Brook University Hospital Medical Center, Stony Brook, NY 11794-8191, USA.


Rectovaginal fistulas represent an often devastating condition in patients and a challenge for surgeons. Successful management of this condition must take into account a variety of variables including the etiology, size, and location of the fistula. Etiologies include obstetrical trauma, inflammatory bowel disease, malignant processes, and complications of radiation therapy and surgery. Repair options include local repairs, tissue transfer techniques, and abdominal operations.


Fistula; mucosal advancement flap; obstetrical trauma; rectovaginal

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