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Eur J Pediatr Surg. 2010 Sep;20(5):321-4. doi: 10.1055/s-0030-1254121. Epub 2010 Jun 7.

Perineal mesh rectopexy with sterile talc in children with rectal prolapse.

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Al-Zahra Hospital, Department of Pediatric Surgery, Isfahan, Islamic Republic of Iran.



With such a wide variety of treatment options available for rectal prolapse and a variable success rate, the optimal treatment for this condition in children is still debated. In this study, we evaluated a technique of perineal mesh rectopexy with a sterile talc-soaked mesh and compared the success rates and complications of this method with those of abdominal rectopexy.


To examine the effect of therapeutic interventions, a randomized control trial (children were randomized into the case group or the control group) was carried out. In the control group, children were operated on by abdominal posterior mesh rectopexy. In the case group, a 30-cm sterile asbestos-free talc-soaked mesh was placed in the presacral space in a spiral fashion with the end exiting from the perineal incision. From 5 (th) day after surgery onward, the mesh was gradually extracted (10 cm per day) and completely removed by the 7 (th) postoperative day. On postoperative assessment, the duration of hospitalization, the postoperative complications and the success rates after surgery were compared. Patients were followed up for one year.


In this study we evaluated 120 children. Mean age of the patients was 5.1±0.081 years in the case group and 4.91±0.59 years in the control group (p=NS). 34 patients in the case group were male vs. 41 patients in the control group. Results indicated that there was no statistically significant difference in postoperative complications between groups. The infection rate was 1.6% in the case group and 6.6% in the control group (p=NS).There was a higher resolution of constipation in the perineal rectopexy group (68.4% in the control group and 96.8% in the case group; p=0.002). The duration of hospitalization was 6.34±0.28 days in the case group and 6.68±0.31 days in the control group (p=NS).


Our findings suggest that perineal mesh rectopexy with sterile talc can be an alternative approach to abdominal surgery and offers an acceptable outcome with a low rate of complications.

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