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2020 Aug

Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol



The impact of maternal body mass index on the rate of obstetric anal sphincter injury in nulliparous women: A Victorian retrospective cohort study.


Constable L, Monga D, Mylonas G, O'Connor E
Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2020 Aug; 60(4):514-521.
PMID: 31724167.


Maternal obesity is an important comorbidity in contemporary obstetrics practice and is associated with significantly increased perinatal complications. Obstetric anal sphincter injury (OASIS) sustained during labour can lead to faecal incontinence, chronic pain and effects on quality of life. Currently, it is unclear if maternal body mass index (BMI) influences the risk of sustaining OASIS.