Journal article

The Gonzalez hernia revisited: use of the ischiorectal fat pad to aid in the repair of rectovaginal and rectourethral fistulae.

MA Levitt, SK King, A Bischoff, S Alam, G Gonzalez, A Pena

J Pediatr Surg | Published : 2014

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: During the development of the posterior sagittal approach to anorectal malformations a vital technical challenge was a precise midline dissection, which if off, allowed for the ischiorectal fat pad to bulge into the wound. This occurrence became affectionately known as a "Gonzalez hernia", after a trainee of Dr Pena's (and a co-author of this paper). We describe here an innovative use of the ischiorectal fat pad to aid in the repair of acquired rectovaginal and rectourethral fistulae. METHODS: Patients with recurrent vaginal or urethral fistulae were selected for review. The ischiorectal fat pad was deliberately mobilized (via a posterior sagittal or transanal approach) and use..

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