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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 253-254

Neonatal Genital Trauma Following Breech Delivery

Department of Pediatrics, Government Multispecialty Hospital-16, Chandigarh, India

Date of Submission12-Sep-2022
Date of Decision28-Oct-2022
Date of Acceptance28-Oct-2022
Date of Web Publication29-Nov-2022

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Dr. Tonyot Gailson
Department of Pediatrics, Government Multispecialty Hospital-16, Chandigarh - 160 016
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DOI: 10.4103/ipcares.ipcares_216_22

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Gailson T, Pandit S. Neonatal Genital Trauma Following Breech Delivery. Indian Pediatr Case Rep 2022;2:253-4

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Gailson T, Pandit S. Neonatal Genital Trauma Following Breech Delivery. Indian Pediatr Case Rep [serial online] 2022 [cited 2023 Jan 30];2:253-4. Available from: http://www.ipcares.org/text.asp?2022/2/4/253/362247

A baby girl of 39+5 weeks gestation was born to an unsupervised second gravida mother by breech vaginal delivery after 8 h of labor. The Apgar score was normal (7 and 9 at 1 and 5 min, respectively) and birth weight 2.8 kg. At birth, the baby had transient tachypnea which settled within 6 h. Genital swelling and discoloration were also noted which was not associated with excessive irritability and/or crying when she passed urine. Breastfeeding was established successfully. The vitals were stable. Local examination revealed tender swelling of the labia which was bilaterally symmetrical, smooth, and violet red in color [Figure 1]a. The surrounding structures were normal. The rest of the general physical and systemic examination was unremarkable. We kept a diagnosis of postdelivery genital trauma and monitored the baby for complications.
Figure 1: (a) Diffuse hematoma of labia majora at birth. (b) Complete resolution of hematoma without sequelae at 3-month of age

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At 30 h of life, the baby developed neonatal jaundice. Although investigations revealed Rh-incompatibility, the jaundice was not considered pathological since the need for phototherapy resolved within 24 h. The swelling and ecchymosis diminished spontaneously by 7 days of life without any complications, and she was discharged on the 8th day, after which she remained asymptomatic. [Figure 1]b was the status at 3 months.

The initial differential diagnoses of bilateral labial swelling with or without discoloration are genital trauma, ambiguous genitalia, congenital genital hemangioma, inguinal hernia, and infections. Detailed history and careful examination is crucial to determine the underlying cause as it prevents unnecessary investigations. Genital trauma is a known complication of breech delivery. It can range from mild labial swelling in females to testicular torsion in males. Leakage from capillaries and venules during labor lead to diffuse ecchymosis which result in swollen and tender genitalia.[1] Most cases are asymptomatic with uneventful resolution within a week, but some babies may experience mild perineal discomfort and pain on micturition. Some neonate may develop neonatal jaundice due to the breakdown of red blood cells on resorption of the hematomas.[1] Ambiguous genitalia can result from virilization of the genetic female (labial hypertrophy and clitoromegaly) or under-virilization of the genetic male (bifid scrotum, micropenis, and perineal hypospadiasis).[2] In this case, only the labia majora appeared transiently hypertrophic at birth due to the swelling, and the clitoris and labia minora were normal. Congenital hemangiomas present at birth and starts involuting within weeks with complete resolution by 6-14 months. Inguinal hernia in baby girls may present as an intermittent labial bulge during crying, coughing and straining, when there is increased abdominal pressure.[3] Perianal streptococcal infection, candidal diaper dermatitis, and Bartholin gland abscess may have a similar appearance but usually can be differentiated clinically.

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Blanchard A. Neonatal genital trauma associated with breech presentation. CMAJ 2002;166:1306-7.  Back to cited text no. 1
Chi C, Lee HC, Neely EK. Ambiguous genitalia in the newborn (Review). Neoreviews 2008;9:e78-84.  Back to cited text no. 2
Kapur P, Caty MG, Glick PL. Pediatric hernias and hydroceles. Pediatr Clin North Am 1998;45:773-89.  Back to cited text no. 3


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