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Poster 27: Risk Factors for Anal Sphincter Tear in Multiparous Patients

Dipiazza, D*; Richter, H E.*; Rungruang, B*; Sharma, M*; Cliver, S*; Chapman, V*; Neely, C*; Hauth, J C.*; Burgio, K L.*†

Journal of Pelvic Medicine and Surgery: 2005 - Volume 11 - Issue - p S37
doi: 10.1097/01.spv.0000178877.82342.8d
Poster Presentations: AUGS Abstracts: 2005 26th Annual Scientific Meeting of The American Urogynecologic Society

*University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department Obstetrics and Gynecology; and †Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Birmingham, AL

Disclosure – Grant/Research Support: Eli Lilly: H.E. Richter; Yamanouchi: K.L. Burgio, H.E. Richter; Consultant: Eli Lilly: K.L. Burgio; Novartis: K.L. Burgio; OrthoUrology: K.L. Burgio; Pfizer: K.L. Burgio; Yamanouchi: K.L. Burgio; Speaker's Bureau: Novartis: H.E. Richter; Odyssey Pharmaceuticals: H.E. Richter; Pfizer, Inc: H.E. Richter; Shareholder: Eli Lilly: H.E. Richter.

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The objective of this study was to assess maternal, newborn, and obstetric risk factors associated with anal sphincter tear in multiparous patients.

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A case–control study using an obstetric automated record system (OBAR) was accessed to identify the records of all multiparous patients who delivered between 1992 and 2004 without cesarean section. A number of clinical variables from the index pregnancy and prior pregnancies was examined as potential correlates of anal sphincter tear in this patient population. Crude and adjusted odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated for the potential risk factors. All significant variables were entered into a stepwise logistic regression model, which was used to determine the best set of predictor variables for anal sphincter tear. Analyses were performed using SAS.

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Of the 18,263 multiparous vaginal deliveries, 145 (0.79%) had sustained an anal sphincter tear, the majority of which occurred in the second delivery. In univariate analyses, occurrence of an anal sphincter tear was associated with a previous anal sphincter tear (OR 4.5, 95% CI 1.2–17.2), birth weight (3000–3900 g vs <3000 g, OR 3.0, CI 1.6–5.9; ≥4000 g vs <3000 g, OR 11.2, CI 4.5–27.8), use of forceps (OR 3.5, CI 1.9–6.6), maternal age >32 years (OR 2.3, CI 1.3–4.0), being married (OR 2.7, CI 1.7–4.5), private pay status (OR 3.3, CI 1.9–5.8), diabetes (OR 2.9, CI 1.0–8.20), white race (OR 2.6, CI 1.6–4.2), shoulder dystocia (OR 8.0, CI 2.7–23.5), infant head circumference >34.5 cm (OR 2.4, CI 1.4–4.0), and parity >2 (OR 1.9, CI 1.2–3.2). Multivariable logistic regression analysis continued to show a significant association of anal sphincter tear with birth weight (OR 4.4, CI 1.7–11.6), use of forceps (OR 6.2, CI 3.1–12.6), shoulder dystocia (OR 8.1, CI 2.1–31.5), private pay (OR 3.8, CI 1.8–8.2), and parity 2 compared with >2 (OR1.9, CI 1.0–3.6). In a second model including variables from a previous pregnancy, previous sphincter tear was significant (OR 4.3, CI 1.0–17.8).

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The strongest risk factors for anal sphincter tear in multiparous women are shoulder dystocia, use of forceps, birth weight, and laceration in a previous delivery.

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