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Silent Suffering: The Tragedy of Obstetric Fistula

Callister, Lynn Clark PhD, RN, FAAN

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: May/June 2013 - Volume 38 - Issue 3 - p 187
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0b013e3182856d12
ONGOING COLUMNS: Global Health and Nursing

Obstetric fistulas, with associated bowel and bladder incontinence, are often the result of obstructed labors of young girls living in developing countries. In many cases, they are untreated and victims are ostracized by their families and communities.

Lynn Clark Callister is a Professor Emerita, College of Nursing, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, and an Editorial Board Member of MCN. She can be reached via e-mail at

The author declares no conflict of interest.

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