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Risk factors for obstetric fistula in the Far North Province of Cameroon

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Show simple item record Tebeu, P. M. de Bernis, L. Doh, A. S. Rochat, C. H. Delvaux, T. 2009-12-22T08:55:01Z 2009-12-22T08:55:01Z 2009
dc.identifier.issn 0020-7292
dc.identifier.other ITG-MLA
dc.identifier.other MICRO
dc.identifier.other U-HIVSTD
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dc.identifier.other DOI
dc.identifier.other UPD17
dc.identifier.other ABSTRACT
dc.description.abstract OBJECTIVE: To describe the circumstances of occurrence and identify potential risk factors for obstetric fistula in northern Cameroon. METHODS: A case series study of 42 obstetric fistula patients seeking services at the Provincial Hospital of Maroua, Cameroon, between May 2005 and August 2007. Structured interviews were conducted prior to surgical intervention. RESULTS: Among obstetric fistula patients, 60% had lived with obstetric fistula for more than 5 years at the time of surgery. Eighty-one percent of patients had received no formal education and 86% were teenagers at their first delivery. Regarding the pregnancy and delivery preceding the occurrence of the fistula, 50% of women reported that they had received no prenatal care and 76% were in labor for more than 12 hours. The majority (83%) of women delivered a stillborn baby. CONCLUSIONS: Obstetric fistula patients in the Far North Province of Cameroon had a low level of education, were married at a young age, and had poor access to quality maternal healthcare services. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Obstetrics en
dc.subject Complications en
dc.subject Fistula en
dc.subject Risk factors en
dc.subject Educational level en
dc.subject Pregnancy in adolescence en
dc.subject Maternal health services en
dc.subject Accessibility en
dc.subject Cameroon en
dc.subject Africa, Central en
dc.title Risk factors for obstetric fistula in the Far North Province of Cameroon en
dc.type Article en
dc.citation.issue 1 en
dc.citation.jtitle International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics en
dc.citation.volume 107 en
dc.citation.pages 12-15 en
dc.citation.jabbreviation Int J Gynecol Obstet en

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