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Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 1986 Aug;22(4):225-8.

Types of hymen in the newborn infant.


The incidence of various types of hymenal shape, its orifice and their interference with spontaneous vaginal discharge were investigated during the routine physical examination of 333 female infants within the first 24 h of life. A smooth hymen with a central orifice was observed in 53.5% of the female neonates, a folded hymen with a central orifice in 27.3%; folded hymen with eccentric orifice in 4.5%; an anterior opening of the hymen in 10.8%; posterior opening in 0.6%; hymenal band in 3%; almost imperforate hymen in 0.3% of the newborns. The presence of anterior opening, posterior opening, hymenal band or almost imperforate hymen may interfere with free vaginal discharge. A ruffled, irregular hymen and a hymenal band require a careful investigation for other genital malformations.

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