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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 396-398  

Robotic approach to vaginal atresia repair in an adolescent girl

Department of Pediatric Urology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi, India

Date of Submission19-Oct-2014
Date of Acceptance08-Jul-2015
Date of Web Publication9-Jul-2015

Correspondence Address:
Sujit Kumar Chowdhary
Department of Pediatric Urology and Pediatric Surgery, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi - 110 076
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-7796.152054

PMID: 26229336

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A 9-year-old girl presented to us, after failed perineal approach for vaginal atresia, with abdominal pain. She was thoroughly evaluated and contrast enhanced computed tomographic was done, which revealed absence of lower 1/3 rd of vagina with normal uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. There was no associated anomaly. She was successfully managed by a combined robotic and perineal approach. Follow-up after 6 and 12 months revealed large capacious vagina with healthy mucocutaneous junction.

Keywords: Robotic vaginoplasty, vaginal agenesis, vaginal atresia

How to cite this article:
Pushkar P, Rawat SK, Chowdhary SK. Robotic approach to vaginal atresia repair in an adolescent girl. Urol Ann 2015;7:396-8

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Pushkar P, Rawat SK, Chowdhary SK. Robotic approach to vaginal atresia repair in an adolescent girl. Urol Ann [serial online] 2015 [cited 2022 Jan 24];7:396-8. Available from: https://www.urologyannals.com/text.asp?2015/7/3/396/152054

   Introduction Top

Adolescent girls may present with cyclical abdominal pain. When such pain is progressive, vaginal atresia must be a differential diagnosis. In these cases clinical examination of the abdomen may not be contributory; however, examination of the perineum reveals absence of vaginal opening. An abdominal ultrasonography will confirm a large cystic mass of the pelvis secondary to cryptic menstruation. Vaginal atresia may have different grades, each having different surgical approach. We report an interesting case, which was referred to us after a failed perineal approach in a urology center. This was managed successfully by a combined robotic and perineal approach.

   Case report Top

A 9-year-old girl was referred to us after failed perineal approach in a urology hospital in our neighboring country. She was in severe pain due to cryptic menstruation, demonstrated by contrast enhanced computed tomographic done in our place. Computed tomography showed normal uterus with cystic vagina and absence of lower 1/3 rd of vagina [Figure 1]. Examination under anesthesia with genitoscopy revealed normal labia minor and majora with patulous urethral opening. Anal opening was normal but vaginal opening was not seen. Diagnostic laparoscopy showed normal bilateral ovaries and  Fallopian tube More Detailss with distended uterus. She underwent Robotic assisted vaginoplasty. Both the ureters were preoperatively stented. The intra-abdominal portion was performed entirely with Davinci SI robot (Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale, CA). The magnification and high resolution of the robot helped us to precisely dissect lower end of blind ending vagina from urethra/bladder and rectum. Uterine vessels were also preserved. This allowed caudal mobilization of vagina which allowed us to avoid bowel interposition for vaginal reconstruction. Perineal skin flaps were used to construct vagina from outside and mucocutaneous anastomosis was done with the help of robot. Time taken for the abdominal approach was approximately 135 min. There was minimal blood loss and no intraoperative or postoperative complications. Oral feeds were started after 24 h. She was discharged on the 7 th postoperative day after endoscopic examination and stent removal, with Foley catheter in situ, which was later removed after 6 weeks. Follow-up was done after 6 and 12 months, which revealed large capacious vagina with healthy mucocutaneous junction and she was fully continent.
Figure 1: Computed tomography (sagittal view) showing dilated upper 2/3rd vagina with atresia of lower 1/3rd

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   Discussion Top

Vaginal atresia occurs when the urogenital sinus (UGS) fails to contribute to formation of the lower (distal) portion of the vagina. This differs from vaginal agenesis in that the Müllerian structures are usually not affected. As a result, the uterus, cervix, and upper portion of the vagina are normal. Vaginal agenesis is the absence the proximal portion of the vagina in an otherwise phenotypically, chromosomally and hormonally intact female. It occurs at an incidence of approximately 1 in 5000-10,000 live female births. This is usually associated with various syndromes like Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome, Bardet-Biedl syndrome,  Kaufman-McKusick syndrome More Details, Fraser syndrome, and Winters syndrome. These syndromes generally comprise of variable absence or hypoplasia of Mullerian structures with renal or skeletal anomalies. Rarely, vaginal agenesis is associated with abnormal development of the anus and rectum.

There are many classification systems for congenital utero-vaginal anomalies. These include:

  • Buttram and Gibbons classification
  • American Fertility Society (AFS) classification
  • Modified Rock and Adam - AFS classification.

All these classification are for Mullerian duct anomalies and as such there is no validated classification system for vaginal atresia. In AFS classification, complete vaginal atresia is categorized under agenesis or dysgenesis of the Müllerian ductal system. In our patient, both ovaries with fallopian ducts, uterus, upper 2/3 rd of vagina and were normal with no associated anomaly in other system and hence we concluded it to be UGS anomaly. There are different grades of this anomaly ranging from imperforate hymen to vaginal atresia of lower portion.

The most common presentation is primary amenorrhea but it may rarely present with cyclical abdominal pain caused by retention of menstrual blood in uterus. Differential diagnosis includes vaginal agenesis, androgen insensitivity syndrome, imperforate hymen, labial adhesions, transverse vaginal septum, and vaginal atresia. Incidence of congenital imperforate hymen in term infants has been reported to be 0.1%. There is no gold standard while choosing the surgical approach. Surgical correction via perineal approach can be successful for imperforate hymen, transverse vaginal septum and sometimes in vaginal atresia. If it fails then it has to be managed on same principles as done for vaginal agenesis. Intermittent self-dilatation, Vecchietti procedure, Williams vaginoplasty, McIndoe procedure, Davydov procedure and various other techniques have been described in the treatment of vaginal agenesis and all these could be employed in vaginal atresia also. Variety of tissues have been used in these surgical techniques to create a functional vaginal substitute, including split thickness skin grafts, full thickness skin grafts, myocutaneous flaps, buccal mucosa grafts, bladder mucosa, peritoneum, amnion, bowel substitution and tissue expansion. [1],[2],[3]

Compared with the traditional open procedure, laparoscopy makes this therapeutic procedure more attractive with advantages of no large abdominal incision, avoiding the exposure of the internal organs, reducing loss of blood and body fluid, quicker recovery of the intestine function, and less complications such as postoperative adhesion. Moreover, the laparoscopic technique allows a better view of the pelvic floor and rectal neovaginal space to avoid rectal injury. Minimally invasive techniques to create a neovagina have been developed gradually and some results have been published [Table 1]. [4],[5],[6],[7],[8],[9],[10] Now days, these surgeries are increasingly being done with robotic assistance. The three-dimensional view with depth perception is remarkable. Images with increased resolution combined with the increased degrees of freedom and enhanced dexterity greatly enhances the surgeon's ability to identify and dissect anatomic structures.
Table 1: Studies done on robotic/laparoscopic vaginoplasty

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   References Top

Darai E, Toullalan O, Besse O, Potiron L, Delga P. Anatomic and functional results of laparoscopic-perineal neovagina construction by sigmoid colpoplasty in women with Rokitansky′s syndrome. Hum Reprod 2003;18:2454-9.  Back to cited text no. 1
Tei E, Yamataka A, Segawa O, Kobayashi H, Lane GJ, Tobayama S, et al. Laparoscopically assisted anorectovaginoplasty for selected types of female anorectal malformations. J Pediatr Surg 2003;38:1770-4.  Back to cited text no. 2
Sheth NP, Chainani MS, Sheth SN. Vaginoplasty from peritoneal tube of Douglas′ pouch for congenital vaginal agenesis. Eur J Pediatr Surg 2003;13:213-4.  Back to cited text no. 3
Urbanowicz W, Starzyk J, Sulislawski J. Laparoscopic vaginal reconstruction using a sigmoid colon segment: A preliminary report. J Urol 2004;171:2632-5.  Back to cited text no. 4
Maas SM, Eijsbouts QA, Hage JJ, Cuesta MA. Laparoscopic rectosigmoid colpopoiesis: Does it benefit our transsexual patients? Plast Reconstr Surg 1999;103:518-24.  Back to cited text no. 5
Kim C, Campbell B, Ferrer F. Robotic sigmoid vaginoplasty: A novel technique. Urology 2008;72:847-9.  Back to cited text no. 6
Borruto F, Camoglio FS, Zampieri N, Fedele L. The laparoscopic Vecchietti technique for vaginal agenesis. Int J Gynaecol Obstet 2007;98:15-9.  Back to cited text no. 7
Ciftci I. Laparoscopic-assisted perineal pull-through vaginoplasty. J Pediatr Surg 2012;47:e13-5.  Back to cited text no. 8
Kim SK, Jeong JO, Kwon YS, Lee KC, Park KJ, Jung G. Laparoscopic rectosigmoid flap vaginoplasty. J Plast Surg Hand Surg 2011;45:226-31.  Back to cited text no. 9
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