Congenital reproductive abnormalities

Janice C. Lankford, Peggy Mancuso, Roberta Appel

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Congenital defects of the reproductive system are associated with a number of adverse health consequences. The pathophysiology of these defects is thought to be müllerian abnormalities, but they can also be attributed to failure of cells to degenerate appropriately during embryogenesis. The management of these congenital defects is dependent on the type of defect present and the severity of presentation. Women with congenital defects of the reproductive system have physical as well as psychosocial issues that must be addressed, and the condition frequently creates medical challenges for health care providers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)546-551
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Midwifery and Women's Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2013


  • Imperforate hymen
  • Incomplete hymenal fenestration
  • Longitudinal vaginal septum
  • Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome
  • Müllerian abnormalities
  • Müllerian aplasia
  • Transverse vaginal septum
  • Vaginal agenesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Maternity and Midwifery


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