Recurrent urinary retention due to imperforate hymen after hymenotomy failure: a rare case report and review of the literature

Urology. 2011 Jul;78(1):180-2. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2010.10.022. Epub 2011 Jan 22.


Acute urinary retention (AUR) is unusual in children. We report for the first time a case of recurrent urinary retention due to massive hematocolpos resulting from an imperforate hymen in a 14-year-old girl. In case of AUR in adolescent girls, clinicians should keep in mind that imperforate hymen may be a causative factor and this condition may easily be treated surgically, but follow-up is still necessary to ensure that there is no recurrence.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Female
  • Hematocolpos / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Hymen / abnormalities*
  • Hymen / surgery*
  • Recurrence
  • Treatment Failure
  • Urinary Retention / etiology*