Complications of vaginal atresia in association with a duplicated mullerian duct

Robert P. Foglia, Samuel H. Kim, Robert H. Cleveland, Patricia K. Donahoe

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A mullerian duct duplication with a vaginal atresia canpresent as a painful abdominal mass in a female caused by a hematometrocolpos and a hemosalpinx. This set of signs and symptoms, if caused by an associated unilateral vaginal atresia, may be found in a female with normal menstrual periods, and (1) can be misdiagnosed with often tragic consequences caused by unnecessary salpingectomy, or even hysterectomy; (2) can be successfully treated by creating an adequate channel for drainage through the area of vaginal atresia; and (3) has a high association with unilateral renal agenesis. Because of this last point, recognition of either a mullerian duct duplication or unilateral renal agenesis should prompt an investigation for the other abnormality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)653-656
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1987


  • Mullerian duct duplication
  • hematometrocolpos
  • vaginal atresia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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