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J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg. 2018 Oct-Dec;23(4):182-185. doi: 10.4103/jiaps.JIAPS_59_18.

Vestibulo-Rectal Pull Through in H-Fistula in Girls.

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Department of Pediatric Surgery, Park Medical Research and Welfare Society, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.


Aims and Objectives:

Vestibulo-rectal pull-through (VRPT) in H-fistula in girls was first described by Chatterjee et al. We are presenting our experience with this approach in 47 cases.

Materials and Methods:

We have total 47 cases of which one is a recurrent fistula operated outside. A circumferential incision is made around the fistula in the vestibule; fistula tract is dissected liberally and delivered by invagination into the bowel. Then, the fistula tract is excised adequately and closed from within the bowel lumen so that no anterior outpouching of the rectum remains. The perineal body is repaired through the vestibular incision. In no cases, protective colostomy was performed. Only the recurrent fistula case had colostomy done in another institution.


Complete cure was obtained in 45 out of 47 cases. Two of our earlier cases had recurrences perhaps due to inadequate mobilization, but in later cases, we had no recurrence.


VRPT yields good result without the need for colostomy. Incisions on the perineal skin or the anal verge are avoided, thus improving the cosmetic outcome.


Anorectoplasty; H-fistula; vestibulo-rectal pull through

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