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Role of new sono-imaging technique 'sonocolpography' in the diagnosis and treatment of the complete transverse vaginal septum and other allied conditions.
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PMID:  12078973     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the value of a newly suggested ultrasonographic technique 'Sonocolpography' in diagnosing the complete transverse vaginal septum and other allied conditions and planning their treatment. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Ten cases of complete vaginal septum, eight cases of atresia and four cases of vaginal aplasia seen at Kasr El Aini School of Medicine, Cairo University were selected for this study. Sonocolpography is done using a vaginal balloon and transabdominal ultrasonography. The efficacy of the latter is assessed in comparison to the conventional transabdominal technique. The different sonographic criteria in the conventional technique and in sonocolpography were determined for the studied cases. A cross-over test was also suggested for anticipating the needed surgery. This is done by pushing the balloon maximally inward and determining the ability of the echoes of the vaginal pouch to accommodate the balloon to stretch and to cross over the defect, in turn determining the needed surgery. RESULTS: Improved ultrasonographic images were successfully obtained for all cases studied. The diagnostic accuracy for these cases was 95.5% for septa, 86.4% for atresia and 90.9% for aplasia. The corresponding figures for the conventional techniques were 54.5, 68.2 and 77.2%, respectively. Sonocolpography was more sensitive and more specific for all cases studied compared to the conventional technique. Planning of the necessary surgery was successfully determined in 16 cases having positive cross-over tests, where excision and direct anastomosis were performed. Surgery planning was also successful in two cases having negative tests and four cases of invalid tests, where more extensive surgery was needed. CONCLUSION: Sonocolpography is a new achievement that is essential for imaging cases of the complete vaginal septum and other allied conditions, and also in planning the associated treatment.
Saeed Mohamad Ahmad Thabet; Ahmed S M A Thabet
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of obstetrics and gynaecology research     Volume:  28     ISSN:  1341-8076     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Obstet. Gynaecol. Res.     Publication Date:  2002 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-06-24     Completed Date:  2002-07-12     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9612761     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynaecol Res     Country:  Japan    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  80-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Egypt.
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MeSH Terms
Sensitivity and Specificity
Ultrasonography / methods*
Vagina / abnormalities*,  surgery,  ultrasonography*

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