Loss of urethrovaginal septum as a complication of exstrophy closure in girls

J. Ben-Chaim, R. D. Jeffs, J. P. Gearhart

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Purpose: The aim of this study was to report complications involving paraexstrophy skin flaps in the female bladder exstrophy closure. Materials and Methods: Bladder exstrophies in three female patients were initially closed using paraexstrophy skin flaps, with an osteotomy being performed in only 1 patient. A dehiscence occurred in all, and a reclosure was performed at a mean of 10 (range: 7-18) months after the initial closure. Results: Two patients underwent successful reclosure and are awaiting bladder neck reconstruction. The third patient, who had complete procidentia, had a bladder which failed to grow after successful reclosure and underwent augmentation cystoplasty. Conclusions: Closure of bladder exstrophy in female patients using paraexstrophy skin flaps can be associated with an increased complication rate and should be used judiciously in the exstrophy patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-208
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Urology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Bladder exstrophy
  • Urethrovaginal fistula

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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