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(hī`mən) or


(hīmənē`əs), in Greek mythology, personification of marriage, represented as a beautiful youth carrying a bridal torch and wearing a veil.
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A mucous membrane partly closing off the vaginal orifice. Also known as maidenhead.
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Anatomy a fold of mucous membrane that partly covers the entrance to the vagina and is usually ruptured when sexual intercourse takes place for the first time
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Two of the most challenging are obstructive hemivagina with ipsilateral renal agenesis (OHVIRA) (Figure 1a) and agenesis of the lower vagina (Figure 1b), the latter of which must be differentiated most commonly from imperforate hymen (Figure 1c).
Imperforate hymen and subsequent secondary pyometra, pyocervix and pyovagina in Murrah Buffalo Heifer: A case report.
Within a minute, the drainage had ceased, and vaginoscopy was performed, revealing remnants of an imperforate hymen just cranial to the external urethral orifice.
Imperforate hymen had the highest incidence of 36.36% in our study group of vaginal anomalies.
"A partially imperforate hymen, as in this case, may not be diagnosed until a young woman attempts intercourse or until her first gynecologic visit.
The most common obstructive lesion of the female reproductive tract is an imperforate hymen. It can be diagnosed at birth with careful examination to ensure patency of both the rectum and vagina.
Out of 7 cases of primary amenorrhoea, 2 had imperforate hymen, 4 had Mullerian agenesis and 1 had Turner's syndrome.
An imperforate hymen may present in infancy but is released only if there is urinary tract or bladder obstruction.
Imperforate hymen and ruptured hematosalpinx: a case report with a review of the literature.
They report the case of a 14-year-old girl who did not know she had a partially imperforate hymen, a condition which apparently led her to insert the tampon into the urethra.
* Imperforate hymen. During embryonic development, if canalization of the urogenital sinus with the Mullerian system is incomplete, the resulting hymen can be imperforate or microperforate; in either case, the hymen can present as an obstructive anomaly.
Abnormalities in development of the female genital tract occurs in a variety of forms and each one is distinctive.1 Imperforate hymen occurs 1:1000 newborn girls,2 microperforate hymen is less common than imperforate hymen.