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J Sex Med. 2013 Nov;10(11):2861-5. doi: 10.1111/jsm.12286. Epub 2013 Jul 30.

Reconstructive surgery for female genital mutilation starts sexual functioning in Sudanese woman: a case report.

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University of Medical Sciences & Technology (UMST), Khartoum, Sudan; Reproductive and Child Health Research Unit, UMST, Khartoum, Sudan; Omdurman Maternity Hospital, Khartoum, Sudan.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Female genital mutilation (FGM) involves the partial or complete removal of the external female genitalia and/or other injury to the female genital organs whether for cultural or other nontherapeutic reasons.

AIMS:

The study aims to describe the method of and findings from reconstructive surgery for FGM victims.

METHODS:

We present a case of a 24-year-old Sudanese female, who had undergone ritual FGM type III as a young girl. She had suffered from a large, vulval mass for the last 6 years and came to the clinic because of apareunia. We performed mass excision and reconstructive surgery of the mutilated genital tissue.

RESULTS:

The giant mass was successfully removed. Remaining genital tissues were approximated and sutured, with hemostasis assured for the reconstructed organs on each side.

CONCLUSION:

Reconstructive surgery for women who suffer sexual consequences from FGM is feasible, with a high degree of client acceptance and satisfaction. It restores some of women's natural genital anatomy, and offers the potential for improved female sexuality.

KEYWORDS:

Africa; Female Genital Cutting; Female Genital Mutilation; Reconstructive Surgery; Sexual Functioning

PMID:
23899044
DOI:
10.1111/jsm.12286
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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