During the last 8 years 20 patients were seen for secondary or repeat closure for exstrophy of the bladder following dehiscence after initial closure. Various factors that may have contributed to the initial problems have been investigated. Wound infection (42 per cent) and bladder prolapse (46 per cent) were the major etiologies for initial failures. In 6 patients (30 per cent) colon conduits were required for bladder augmentation or colocolostomy, which emphasized the importance of achieving a good result at initial closure. Our successful protocol (only 5 per cent reclosure rate for 60 closures) is outlined.
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