International Urogynecology Journal

, Volume 26, Issue 7, pp 1083–1087 | Cite as

Laparoscopic reconstruction of an iatrogenic perforation of the neovagina and urinary bladder by a neovaginal dilator in a patient with Mayer–Rokitansky–Küster–Hauser syndrome

  • Wael Y. KhoderEmail author
  • Christian G. Stief
  • Maximiliane Burgmann
  • Alexander Burges
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Introduction and hypothesis

Mayer–Rokitansky–Küster–Hauser syndrome (MRKH) is a rare genital aplasia syndrome. Patients with MRKH regularly dilate their neovagina with vaginal dilatators.


A 23-year-old MRKH syndrome patient came to our department complaining of a lost vaginal dilator, which she had inserted 2 days previously. She had no bleeding or abdominal pain, but did have occasional urine loss. She had a history of abdominal exploration for an acute abdomen and the creation of a neovagina at the age of 16. An abdominal CT scan located the dislocated dilator intravesically. After diagnostic laparoscopy, the dilator was removed through the vesico-neovaginal perforation. The vagina was closed and covered by a pedicled peritoneal flap, followed by closure of the urinary bladder. An omental J-flap was then fixed between the vagina and bladder.


The operative time was 185 min, with no significant blood loss, injuries or need for conversion/revision. The indwelling catheter was removed 7 days later after cystography, followed by normal micturition and an adequate bladder capacity. Vaginal dilation and sexual activity was resumed 1 month postoperatively. Follow-up was uneventful.


Laparoscopic vaginal dilator removal with immediate repair of the perforation of the neovagina and the urinary bladder directly after an acute trauma in a patient with MRKH syndrome may be a management option. It is a feasible, safe and viable operation in the hands of experienced laparoscopists.


Laparoscopic reconstructive surgery Mayer–Rokitansky–Küster–Hauser syndrome Vesico-vaginal fistula Traumatic urinary bladder injuries 



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Conflicts of interest

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wael Y. Khoder
    • 1
    Email author
  • Christian G. Stief
    • 1
  • Maximiliane Burgmann
    • 2
  • Alexander Burges
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of UrologyUniversity Hospital Munich-Grosshadern, Ludwig-Maximilians-University MunichMunichGermany
  2. 2.Department for Gynecology and ObstetricsLudwig-Maximilians-University MunichMunichGermany

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