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Impact of spinal defects on urinary and sexual outcome in adults with anorectal malformations – A cross-sectional study

Urology Feb 11, 2020

Bjorsum-Meyer T, Lund L, Christensen P, et al. - This study was intended to investigate the effect of spinal defects on urinary function, sexual outcome and quality of life in adult patients born with anorectal malformations. Researchers performed a prospective cohort study including a total of 93 patients between 1985 and 2000 at Odense University Hospital in Denmark. Individuals were investigated with magnetic resonance imaging, uroflowmetry and validated questionnaires on urinary function, sexual function, and quality of life. In females, the type of anorectal malformations were vestibular fistula, anocutaneous fistula, anal stenosis, and cloaca. The type of malformations in males were anocutaneous fistula, bulbar fistula, rectovesical fistula, anal stenosis, rectal atresia and anal atresia with no fistula. MRI detected spinal defects in adults with anorectal malformations were observed to be correlated with urinary voiding function.
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