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[Episiotomy and its complications]. Revue. Z Geburtshilfe Neonatol. 1997;201 Suppl 1:55-62.

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Hirsch HA.

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1. Many benefits claimed for episiotomy are not sufficiently proven. In recent literature, some of them are questioned and some have been disproven.

2. Episiotomy, especially median episiotomy, has a higher risk of third-degree lacerations. Mediolateral episiotomy is more often followed by postpartum pain and impaired wound-healing.

3. Typical, albeit rare complications of episiotomy and third-degree lacerations are incontinence for stool and flatus, and-very seldom-fistula formation.

4. Complications of episiotomy as well as the failure to perform an episiotomy have had forensic consequences.

5. For good healing of an episiotomy or a perineal laceration suturing with an adequate technique and the use of non-reactive suture material is mandatory.

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Les complications de l’épisiotomie

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➡ evidence-based medicine/midwifery ; perineal/vaginal tears ; incontinence/prolapsus ; episiotomy

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Cécile Loup — 27 Apr 2004

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