A case of female epispadias.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

OBJECTIVE: To present a case of unrecognized female epispadias. DESIGN: Case report. SETTING: University-based reproductive endocrinology and fertility clinic. PATIENT(S): A 16-year-old girl with epispadias, history of mild urinary incontinence, auditory neuropathy, and functional hyperandrogenism. INTERVENTION(S): None. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Peripheral blood array-based comparative genomic hybridization. RESULT(S): The patient was referred for evaluation of excessive weight gain, secondary amenorrhea, and abnormal external genitalia. Examination under anesthesia revealed bilateral labia minora hypertrophy, bifid clitoris, and a patulous urethra, consistent with female epispadias. Hormonal evaluation showed functional hyperandrogenism, and peripheral blood array-based comparative genomic hybridization showed no chromosomal deletions or duplications. CONCLUSION(S): Female epispadias is a rare abnormality, not commonly recognized by most practitioners. The diagnosis is supported by a history of urinary incontinence and physical findings of bifid clitoris and patulous urethra. The condition can have serious physical and psychological consequences leading to a gross disruption of social function.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Tantibhedhyangkul, J; Copland, SD; Haqq, AM; Price, TM

Published Date

  • November 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 90 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 2017.e1 - 2017.e3

PubMed ID

  • 18314106

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2588430

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1556-5653

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2007.12.055


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States