Vaginal stones are rare and therefore a delay in accurate diagnosis often occurs. We present a 54-year old woman with multiple sclerosis who was diagnosed with a primary vaginal stone. Initially, she presented with recurring urinary tract infections (UTI) and macroscopic haematuria to the urologist. A cystoscopy showed no abnormalities. Because of persistent bleeding, she was referred to the gynaecologist, and on gynaecological examination, a vaginal stone was revealed. Stone formation was likely to be the result of urinary pooling due to incontinence, which was caused by a neurogenic bladder. Other contributing factors were prolonged recumbency, threads of an intrauterine device and a UTI. The presence of a vesicovaginal fistula was excluded by testing with methylene blue. The stone was surgically removed and composed of 70% struvite and 30% apatite. The patient was treated for decubitus ulcerations of the vaginal wall with estriol (Synapause-E3). Follow-up was uneventful.
- obstetrics and gynaecology
- vulvovaginal disorders
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Contributors SLA prepared the first draft of the manuscript, which was then revised by EWMJ and MCH.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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