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Imperforate Hymen Causing Hematocolpos and Acute Urinary Retention in a 14-Year-Old Adolescent

 Lee Geum Hwa  ;  Lee Mi-Jung  ;  Choi Young Sik  ;  Shin Jae Il 
 Childhood Kidney Diseases, Vol.19(2) : 180-183, 2015 
Journal Title
 Childhood Kidney Diseases 
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Acute Disease ; Adolescent ; Diagnosis, Differential ; Female ; Hematocolpos/diagnostic imaging ; Hematocolpos/etiology* ; Hematocolpos/pathology* ; Humans ; Hymen/abnormalities* ; Hymen/diagnostic imaging ; Ultrasonography ; Urinary Retention/diagnostic imaging ; Urinary Retention/etiology* ; Urinary Retention/pathology*
We report the case of a 14-year-old girl who visited the emergency room because of suprapubic discomfort and sudden acute urinary retention. She did not have any significant medical and surgical history, and her neurological examinations were all normal. Urinary catheterization led to the passage of 500 mL urine. Abdominal ultrasonography showed a hematocolpos that was compressing the urinary bladder. Gynecologic history taking revealed that the patient has not had menarche yet. Therefore, a cruciate incision was performed and her urination became normal. As the surgical outcome after adequate hymenotomy for imperforate hymen is usually good, the diagnosis of imperforate hymen is important. However, this condition is easily missed in the clinic because the first physician visited by the patient rarely takes a detailed gynecologic history or performs appropriate physical examinations. Although rare, imperforate hymen should be considered as a cause of acute urinary retention in the adolescence period. If an adolescent girl presents with abdominal pain and voiding dysfunction, a detailed gynecologic history and appropriate physical examinations of the genital introitus should be performed.
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Shin, Jae Il(신재일) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2326-1820
Lee, Keum Hwa(이금화) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1511-9587
Lee, Mi-Jung(이미정) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3244-9171
Choi, Young Sik(최영식) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1157-4822
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