Comment: Female genital mutilation and obstetric outcome

Lancet. 2006 June;367(9525):1799 – 1800

Comment: Female genital mutilation and obstetric outcome

Eke N, Nkanginieme KEO


In today’s Lancet, the WHO study group report a multicentre prospective study of the obstetric outcome in women who have had genital mutilation. Their study strengthens the evidence base about complications of such mutilation. For a subject with many important confounding factors, we congratulate the researchers for the study design and tenacity in execution. The finding of a causal relation between complications and type of mutilation indicates that the more brutal the type of procedure, the worse the complication…

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