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Prenatal diagnosis of congenital imperforate hymen*

Bilgin Gürateş, Ahmet Kazez, Ekrem Sapmaz, Esra Bulgan, Murat Yayla


Prenatal diagnosis of congenital imperforate hymen* . Perinatoloji Dergisi 2000;8(3):117-119

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Bilgin Gürateş,
Ahmet Kazez,
Ekrem Sapmaz,
Esra Bulgan,
Murat Yayla

  1. Fırat Unıversity Fakulty of Medicine Departments of Obstetric Gynecology and Pediatric Surgery Elazığ TR
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Prenatal dönemde nadir olarak gözlenen iki imperfore himen olgusu erken tanı çerçevesinde sunuldu
İmperfore himene bağlı hidrometrokolposun oluşturduğu iki ayrı pelvik kistik kitle, gebeliğin 30 ve 37 haftalarında, iki ayrı dişi fetusta rutin ultrasonografi sırasında saptandı Tedavi seçimi olarak konservatif yol tercih edildi Doğumdan sonra ön tanılar doğrulandı ve her iki yenidoğan himenotomi ile tedavi edildi
Prenatal dönemde dişi fetuslarda pelvik kistik kitle ile karşılaşıldığında konjenital imperfore himene bağlı hidrokolpos ve/veya hidrometrokolpos da düşünülmeli ve mümkün olduğunca konservatif yaklaşılmalıdır.
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Konjenital imperfore himen, Prenatal tanı

It is usually difficult to assess the female genital system with ultrasonography in the prenatal period. But if any liquid accumulates behind an existing cloacal malformation, the vagina and internal genital organs may become apparent. The congenital imperforate hymen is an external urogenital anomaly. It may present different findings under a careful antenatal ultrasonographic examination.
Besides presenting an image of mass in the mid-line of the fetal abdomen in the form of hydrocolpos and/or hydrometrocolpos it may also show a bloated membrane structure in the perineum between the separate labium. As hydrocolpos and/or hydrometrocolpos can be seen with imperforate hymen, they can also be seen with transverse vaginal septum or vaginal agenesis. Hydrocolpos can be palpated as a mass in the hypogastric region after birth or, as in many cases, it may present no findings until puberty. This condition can be easily identified in the neonatal period or puberty according to clinical findings and ultrasonography but its prenatal ultrasonographic diagnosis is rare.
We have attempted to assess the diagnostic and clinical approach to the imperforate hymen, which is rarely observed in the prenatal period by presenting two cases of mass appearances in the fetal lower abdomen.
Case 1:
During the control of a 25 year-old primigravida who had not received antenatal control previously, a pregnancy of 30 weeks in consistency with the last menstruation date was present. In the ultrasonography, an oval mass of 40x35mm with uniform echogenics was clearly observed in the fetal abdomen (Figure 1). The mass separated the boundries with the sacrum in the posterior of the bladder and reached outward from the pelvis, also any dilatation of the gastrointestinal system was not observed. Except for the pressure caused by the mass, the structure and appearance of the bladder was found normal. The sex of the fetus was identified as female in the ultrasonography and the labium was found to be separated. No other anomalies were observed in the examination of the fetal anatomy. The amniotic fluid volume and placenta was normal. In the diagnosis of the mass, possibilities such as ovarian cyst, mesenteric cyst, anterior meningocele and its form developed in the anterior sacrococcygeal teratoma were considered. However, facts such as the fetus being identified as female and the separate condition of the labium make the diagnosis more likely that of congenital imperforate hymen and hydrometrocolpos. The conservative management was preferred and with regular antenatal checks it was observed that the mass did not grow further and during the 40th gestational week a baby girl weighing 3100 g was delivered by a spontaneous vaginal birth. During examination of the newborn, a mass was observed in the hypogastric region. The hymen swelled from the introitus when pressure was applied to the mass and it was observed to be imperforate (Figure 2). Upon an ultrasonographic examination of the newborn, an abdominopelvic mass structure consistent with the prenatal ultrasonography was observed. The uterus, cervix and vagina were dilated with hyperechogenic liquid. No anomaly was found in the other abdominal organs and hydrometrocolpos was provisionally diagnosed. During the hymenotomy carried out at the Department of Pediatric Surgery, a white mucous liquid was emptied and therefore the hydrometrocolpos diagnosis was proved correct. Prophylactic antibiotics were prescribed. The ultrasonography carried out on the post operative 2nd day showed that the anatomy of the pelvic, abdominal and urinary systems were totally normal.
Case 2: During the first antenatal control of a 23-year-old primigravida at our clinic who had not received antenatal control previously, a pregnancy of 37 weeks in consistency with the last menstruation date was present. The structure and location of the mass in the abdomen was similar to the first case but the dimensions of this mass were 54x52 mm. The sex of the fetus was identified as female and the labium was obvious. During the 41st gestational week a baby girl weighing 3800 g was delivered by a spontaneous vaginal birth. In the examination, the abdomen was partially taut, and the hymen was obvious and imperforate between the labium. The diagnosis, observation and treatment procedures performed in the first case with the hydrometrocolpos provisionally diagnosis was also applied in this second case.
Until the late stages of fetal life the vaginal lumen is separate from the urogenital sinus by the hymen. The hymen is usually ruptured in the prenatal stage to provide a vaginal opening and remains at the vaginal entrance in the form of a mucous membrane.
The inadequate rupture of this membrane causes an imperforate hymen. This obstruction at the exit of the vagina may cause hydrometra and/or hydrocolpos which are observed as pelvic masses arising from the accumulation of fetal cervical and vaginal secretions developed secondarily to the maternal hormonal stimulation. The incidence of congenital imperforate hymen is very rare, ranging from 0.014 to 0.1 percent in babies which are born full-term. On average, neonatal hydrocolpos is found in 1 case in 16 000 newborn girls and in these series cloacal disgenesis, persistent urogenital sinus, vaginal stenosis are causes which are also included besides hydrocolpos and hydrometrocolpos.
Although the imperforate hymen is usually an isolated pathology, it can also be seen together with some anomalies such as ureter duplication and polydactyly, ectopic ureter, hypospadias, imperforate anus, and multicystic displastic kidneys. Also, a case evolving with only ascites was presented. An autosomal recessive transitional syndrome called the McKusick-Kaufman syndrome where hydrometrocolpos, polydactyly and cardiac malformations are found together has been identified. In a case with hydrocolpos diagnosed at the 30th gestational week the case included urethral obstruction, progressive hydronephrosis and oligohydramnios and dystocia developed at birth.
The above mentioned anomalies have not accompanied our cases and the masses have not developed enough to cause dystocia.
While making the differential diagnosis of hydrometrocolpos, possibilities such as ovarian cyst, mesenteric cyst, anterior meningocele and anterior sacrococcygeal teratoma should be considered in the prenatal period.
Early diagnosis and treatment is important in hydrometrocolpos. In some cases, hydrometrocolpos may cause urethral pressure causing bilateral hydronephrosis, oligohydramnios and developmental defects in the fetal lungs. Sometimes the mucus secretion may spread to the fetal peritoneum via retrograde and cause peritonitis . With the widespread use of ultrasonography it will be possible to diagnose and treat these cases much earlier. Shapiro has been reported that hydrometrocolpos due to uterovaginal anomalies can be seen as early as 26 weeks of gestation. When a cloacal anomaly is suspected in the diagnosis, the heredity must be considered, and for those with additional anomalies following detailed ultrasonographies caryotyping must be performed. The most important issue in these cases is to ensure the healthy delivery of the fetus because postpartum drainage and, if necessary, any later reconstructive surgery will almost always be successful.

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Figure 1
Prenatal ultrasonography shows a presacral, retrovesical cystic mass that is extending introitus (Small arrow: Bladder, Large arrow: Hidrocolpos).
Figure 2
The preoperative photograph shows typical imperforate hymen.