16-year-old with double uterus gets new lease of life in Mumbai

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Published: Sunday, Jul 3, 2011, 8:00 IST
By Somita Pal | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

A 16-year-old girl got a new lease of life after doctors from the Sion Hospital operated on the double uterus she has been living with since her birth.

Meena Singh, a resident of Panvel, was suffering from pain in abdomen for the last 4 years. However, no doctor could diagnose the reason behind the pain even though she was operated twice.

Doctors at Sion hospital finally found that she was suffering from Mullerian Anomaly and had two uterus and a underdeveloped kidney. To add to her woes, one of the uterus was not functional as it was not connected to the vagina. According to experts a person with two uterus is rare but having one uterus functional and the other non functional is even more rare.

Dr YS Nandanwar, head of gynaecology at the Sion Hospital said, “In my 35 years of practice I have got two double uterus cases. But this is even rare. She also had one kidney that was not developed. She started menstruating at the age of 12 and she had normal menstruation. This is the reason no one suspected any problem in the uterus. While one uterus had normal menstruation, the menstrual blood was collected in the other non functional uterus. Even the fallopian tube was filled up with blood. The non-functional uterus had become as big as an orange.”

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