Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons
Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons
                                                   Official journal of the Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons                           
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 65--70

The management of perineal trauma in children


Darshan A Manjunath, Veerabhadra Radhakrishna, Deepti Vepakomma 
 Department of General Surgery, McGann Hospital, Shivamogga Institute of Medical Sciences, Shivamogga; Department of Pediatric Surgery, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Deepti Vepakomma
Department of Pediatric Surgery, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bengaluru, Karnataka
India
Dr. Veerabhadra Radhakrishna
Department of Pediatric Surgery, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bengaluru, Karnataka
India

Aims: This study aimed to evaluate the outcome of perineal trauma in children and to a define protocol for their management. Methods: It is a retrospective study of children who presented with perineal injury between August 2012 and December 2020. The patients were classified into three groups: Group-1 included children with perineal and genitourinary injuries; Group-2 included patients with perineal and anorectal injuries; and Group-3 included patients with perineal, genitourinary, and anorectal injuries. All patients underwent primary repair. Those with full-thickness anorectal injury underwent an additional covering colostomy, while urethral disruption was initially managed by a diverting suprapubic cystostomy (SPC). Results: A total of 41 patients were studied. Impalement injury (n = 11; 27%) and sexual abuse (n = 11; 27%) were the most common mechanisms of injury. Twenty (49%) patients had anorectal injuries with 10 (24%) each of partial-thickness and full-thickness injury. There were 24 (59%) genital injuries and five (12%) urethral injuries. One patient each developed anal and vaginal stenosis, both were managed with dilatation. One patient developed a rectovaginal fistula repaired surgically at a later date. Conclusion: Perineal injuries with resultant anorectal or genital damage require a careful primary survey. Following stabilization, an examination under anesthesia as a set protocol will help determine the treatment strategy. A colostomy is essential in the acute management of severe anorectal injuries to reduce local complications and preserve continence. Urethral injuries may warrant an initial diverting SPC in selected cases.


How to cite this article:
Manjunath DA, Radhakrishna V, Vepakomma D. The management of perineal trauma in children.J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg 2022;27:65-70


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Manjunath DA, Radhakrishna V, Vepakomma D. The management of perineal trauma in children. J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 May 28 ];27:65-70
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