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Vaginal Anomalies

By Ronald Rabinowitz, MD, Jimena Cubillos, MD

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Most congenital anomalies of the vagina are rare. Vaginal anomalies include vaginal agenesis, obstruction, duplication, and fusion. Duplication and fusion anomalies have numerous manifestations (eg, as 2 uteri, 2 cervices, and 2 vaginas, or 2 uteri with 1 cervix and 1 vagina). Girls may also have urogenital sinus anomalies, in which urinary and genital tracts open into a common channel, and cloacal anomalies, in which urinary, genital, and anorectal tracts open into a common channel.

Imperforate hymen manifests as a bulge at the location of the vaginal opening due to collection of uterine and vaginal secretions caused by maternal estrogens . Treatment is surgical drainage.

Diagnosis of most is by physical examination, ultrasonography, and retrograde contrast studies. Duplication and fusion anomalies may not require treatment, but others require surgical correction.

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