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Reconstructive Surgery for Female Genital Mutilation Starts Sexual Functioning in Sudanese Woman: A Case Report

Authors

  • Atif B.E. Fazari MD,

    1. University of Medical Sciences & Technology (UMST), Khartoum, Sudan
    2. Reproductive and Child Health Research Unit, UMST, Khartoum, Sudan
    3. Omdurman Maternity Hospital, Khartoum, Sudan
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  • Rigmor C. Berg PhD,

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Evidence-Based Health Services, Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services, Oslo, Norway
    • Corresponding Author: Rigmor C. Berg, PhD, Department of Evidence-Based Health Services, Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services, PO Box 7004 St Olavs plass, Oslo 0130, Norway. Tel: +47 46400456; Fax: +47 23255010; E-mail: rigmor.berg@nokc.no; rigmor.c.berg@gmail.com

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  • Wafaa A. Mohammed MD,

    1. Reproductive and Child Health Research Unit, UMST, Khartoum, Sudan
    2. Omdurman Maternity Hospital, Khartoum, Sudan
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  • Enas B. Gailii MD,

    1. Reproductive and Child Health Research Unit, UMST, Khartoum, Sudan
    2. Omdurman Maternity Hospital, Khartoum, Sudan
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  • Khalifa Elmusharaf FRSPH

    1. University of Medical Sciences & Technology (UMST), Khartoum, Sudan
    2. Reproductive and Child Health Research Unit, UMST, Khartoum, Sudan
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Abstract

Introduction

Female genital mutilation (FGM) involves the partial or complete removal of the external female genitalia and/or other injury to the female genital organs whether for cultural or other nontherapeutic reasons.

Aims

The study aims to describe the method of and findings from reconstructive surgery for FGM victims.

Methods

We present a case of a 24-year-old Sudanese female, who had undergone ritual FGM type III as a young girl. She had suffered from a large, vulval mass for the last 6 years and came to the clinic because of apareunia. We performed mass excision and reconstructive surgery of the mutilated genital tissue.

Results

The giant mass was successfully removed. Remaining genital tissues were approximated and sutured, with hemostasis assured for the reconstructed organs on each side.

Conclusion

Reconstructive surgery for women who suffer sexual consequences from FGM is feasible, with a high degree of client acceptance and satisfaction. It restores some of women's natural genital anatomy, and offers the potential for improved female sexuality. Fazari ABE, Berg RC, Mohammed WA, Gailii EB, and Elmusharaf K. Reconstructive surgery for female genital mutilation starts sexual functioning in Sudanese woman: A case report. J Sex Med 2013;10:2861–2865.

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