Failed exstrophy closure: Management and outcome

Thomas E. Novak, John P. Costello, Ryan Orosco, Paul D. Sponseller, Erin MacK, John P. Gearhart

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Objective: In a series of failed exstrophy closures, to identify determinants of successful repeat closure and the impact of failed closure on the fate of the lower urinary tract and continence status. Patients and methods: We performed a retrospective review of operative notes and medical records of patients with a history of one or more failed exstrophy closures in 1978-2007. The primary surgical endpoints were failure rate of repeat closure attempts, mode of continence surgery and continence outcome. Continence was defined as achieving a dry interval of >3 h and voiding through the urethra. Results: We identified 122 patients (85 male/37 female) who had undergone repeat closure following failure. The success rate of repeat closure attempts at our institution was 98%. Of the 94 patients who had undergone successful repeat closure, definitive continence management and had their dryness evaluated, 38 were candidates for bladder neck reconstruction and 17(18%) were continent. Of the remaining patients, 90% were able to attain dryness, but at the expense of clean intermittent catheterization and continent urinary diversion. Conclusion: A failed exstrophy closure has significant implications for long-term surgical outcome. Reclosure can be accomplished in the majority of cases. In comparison to patients with successful primary closure, the rates of urethral continence following successful repeat closure were lower.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)381-384
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of pediatric urology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2010


  • Bladder exstrophy
  • Complications
  • Urinary incontinence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Urology

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