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MRI offers insight into rare uterine condition in younger women

MR images confirmed that women with the condition, known as Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome, may have large uteri with no conventional structure (defined as rudimentary uteri in this study) that can mimic normal postpubertal uteri. By discovering MRKH syndrome in young women, MRI can prompt the diagnosis of the disorder at an earlier age, avoid an invasive procedure, and lead to appropriate counseling.

“It is a common misconception that women with MRKH syndrome have no uterus, even though the presence of rudimentary uterine structures or buds is well described in [previous] literature,” wrote lead author Dr. Margaret Anne Hall-Craggs and colleagues. “Our study showed rudimentary uteri in nearly 93% of patients, which was very similar to laparoscopic findings [in previous research]” (Radiology, August 13, 2013).

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