Acute genital injury in the prepubertal girl

Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1992 May;166(5):1461-6. doi: 10.1016/0002-9378(92)91620-p.


In an effort to develop guidelines for the management of acute genital injuries in prepubertal girls, we categorized 32 cases by the object that allegedly caused the injury: straddle injuries, nonpenetrating injuries, penetrating injuries, and torque injuries. Using these categories and the anatomic features of symmetry and/or hymenal transection, we determined that the most dangerous injuries were the penetrating injuries that were symmetric and transected the hymen; in this series these were all the result of sexual assault. Future studies are needed to determine if these unique injuries can be managed with less physical and psychosocial trauma to the young patient.

MeSH terms

  • African Americans
  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / psychology
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / therapy*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Genitalia, Female / injuries*
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Humans
  • Hymen / injuries
  • Perineum / injuries
  • Rape
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Vagina / injuries
  • Wounds, Penetrating / surgery