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Unicornuate uterus with a functional non-communicating horn in adolescent
  1. Rawan Abdulrahim A Jalil and
  2. Abeer Isa Alsada
  1. Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Bahrain Defence Force Hospital, Manama, Bahrain
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rawan Abdulrahim A Jalil; rae10452{at}


Common causes of pelvic pain are primary dysmenorrhoea, Müllerian duct anomalies, outflow obstruction, leiomyoma, endometriosis and adenomyosis. Unicornuate uterus with a rudimentary horn is a rare congenital malformation of the female genital tract, asymptomatic because of lack of functional endometrium. This study presents a rare case of a non-communicating functional rudimentary horn. A 16-year-old unmarried Yemeni female adolescent with a history of irregular painful menstrual period visited Obstetrics and Gynaecology outpatient clinic. Pelvic ultrasound was conducted showing an asymmetrical uterine configuration with the non-communicating rudimentary horn on the right side. Laparoscopic excision of the horn was planned for the patient. Non-communicating rudimentary horn with functional endometrium should be considered as a differential diagnosis in the female adolescent with obstructive uterine symptoms. Early diagnosis is crucial. Using the laparoscopic approach, an expert surgeon prefers definitive management to excise the rudimentary horn.

  • obstetrics
  • gynaecology and fertility
  • reproductive medicine

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  • Contributors RAJ performed the literature review and wrote the manuscript. AA critically revised the article. Both authors equally contributed to critical revision. All authors have read and approved the final manuscript.

  • 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.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.