European Radiology

, Volume 24, Issue 7, pp 1621–1627 | Cite as

Clinical value of magnetic resonance imaging in patients with Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome: diagnosis of associated malformations, uterine rudiments and intrauterine endometrium

  • H. Preibsch
  • K. RallEmail author
  • B. M. Wietek
  • S. Y. Brucker
  • A. Staebler
  • C. D. Claussen
  • K. C. Siegmann-Luz
Magnetic Resonance



The aim of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of preoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the diagnosis of malformations associated with Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome and identification of uterine endometrium to optimise the clinical management.


We retrospectively reviewed 214 consecutive MRKH patients, mean age 19 years, who underwent laparoscopy-assisted neovagina creation. A total of 115 patients (53.7 %) met the inclusion criterion of sufficient preoperative MRI. In 110 of them (95.7 %), MRI findings were correlated with laparoscopy and associated malformations. In 39 cases (35.5 %) uterine rudiments were removed and analysed histopathologically.


Ten per cent (11/110) of the patients showed complete uterine agenesis. The others presented with either unilateral (n = 16; 14.5 %) or bilateral (n = 83; 75.5 %) uterine rudiments. MRI detection of uterine rudiments agreed in 78.2 % (86/110) with laparoscopy. In 85.4 % of the removed rudiments, MRI could correctly diagnose the existence of the endometrium. Compared to laparoscopy, MRI could exactly detect ovaries in 97.3 % (107/110). Renal or ureteral malformations were seen in 32 cases (27.8 %). In 83 % of unilateral renal agenesis and unilateral rudiment, the latter was located at the side of the kidney.


MRI is useful for preoperative detection of MRKH-associated malformations and assessment of the endometrium to further optimise MRKH patient treatment.

Key points

Pelvic MRI is useful for preoperative detection of MRKH-associated malformations.

MRI can diagnose uterine endometrium in MRKH patients with high precision.

Preoperative MRI can optimise clinical management of patients with MRKH syndrome.


MRKH syndrome MR imaging Laparoscopy-assisted neovagina Renal malformations Uterus abnormalities 



The scientific guarantor of this publication is Dr. med. Katja Siegmann-Luz. The authors of this manuscript declare no relationships with any companies whose products or services may be related to the subject matter of the article. The authors state that this work has not received any funding. No complex statistical methods were necessary for this paper. Institutional review board approval was obtained. Written informed consent was waived by the institutional review board. Methodology: retrospective, diagnostic or prognostic study, performed at one institution.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Preibsch
    • 1
  • K. Rall
    • 2
    Email author
  • B. M. Wietek
    • 1
  • S. Y. Brucker
    • 2
  • A. Staebler
    • 3
  • C. D. Claussen
    • 1
  • K. C. Siegmann-Luz
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiology, Diagnostic and Interventional RadiologyUniversity Hospital TuebingenTuebingenGermany
  2. 2.Department of Gynecology and ObstetricsUniversity Hospital TuebingenTuebingenGermany
  3. 3.Institute of Pathology and NeuropathologyUniversity Hospital TuebingenTuebingenGermany

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