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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 183-185
The McKusick-Kaufman hydrometrocolpos-polydactyly syndrome: A rare case report

Department of Radiodiagnosis, B.J.M.C. and S.G.H., Pune, Maharashtra, India

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A combination of hydrometrocolpos, polydactyly, and cardiac anomlies is the cardinal feature of McKusick-Kaufman syndrome. Neonatal hydrometrocolpos is rare Mullerian duct anomaly caused by obstruction of the vagina. There is an accumulation of mucus secretions proximal to the obstruction. The secretions are secondary to intrauterine and postnatal stimulation of uterine and cervical glands by maternal estrogens. Here, we report a case of 1-day-old neonate who presented with abdominal distension. Ultrasound and computed tomography findings revealed a large abdominopelvic cystic mass posterior to the urinary bladder. Other associated findings were polydactyly and bilateral hydronephosis. Laparotomy confirmed the findings of hydrometrocolpos caused by stenosis/atresia of lower vagina.

Keywords: Hydrometrocolpos; McKusick-Kaufman syndrome; polydactyly; ultrasonography; Computed tomography

How to cite this article:
Yewalkar SP, Yadav VK, Khadse G J. The McKusick-Kaufman hydrometrocolpos-polydactyly syndrome: A rare case report. Indian J Radiol Imaging 2013;23:183-5

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Yewalkar SP, Yadav VK, Khadse G J. The McKusick-Kaufman hydrometrocolpos-polydactyly syndrome: A rare case report. Indian J Radiol Imaging [serial online] 2013 [cited 2020 Aug 15];23:183-5. Available from:

   Introduction Top

McKusick- Kaufman syndrome More Details (MKKS) is a rare autosomal recessive syndrome. Neonatal hydrocolpos/hydrometrocolpos, polydactyly, and congenital heart diseases are the cardinal features of MKKS. [1],[2],[3] Hydrocolpos or hydrometrocolpos caused by obstruction of the vagina accounts for 15% of abdominal masses in newborn girls. Obstruction is secondary to an imperforate hymen, or a stenotic or atretic vagina. There is an accumulation of secretions proximal to the obstruction. The secretions are secondary to intrauterine and postnatal stimulation of uterine and cervical glands by maternal estrogens. [4]

   Case Report Top

A new-born female neonate presented with abdominal distension. The baby had passed urine but not stools. On clinical examination, the baby had normal anal opening. Labia majora were swollen. She also had post-axial polydactyly in both hands and in a foot [Figure 1].
Figure 1: Photograph of baby's hand showing postaxial polydactyly

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Erect radiograph of abdom revealed a large soft tissue density mass involving the pelvis and most of the central part of the abdomen [Figure 2]. It was displacing the bowel loops superiorly and laterally. Bowel loops were not showing any signs of obstruction.
Figure 2: Erect abdomen radiograph shows large soft tissue density abdomino- pelvic mass (arrow) displacing bowel loops laterally and

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Ultrasound (USG) showed a large well-defined abdominopelvic cystic lesion posterior to the urinary bladder [Figure 3]A and B. It was extending up to the epigastric region superiorly and inferior to symphysis pubis inferiorly. Superiorly it was communicating with a hypoechoeic tubular structure. Uterus was not seen in the pelvis. It showed uniform low-level internal echoes with fluid-debris level within it. Another large cystic, septated lesion was noted in the right adnexa. Both kidneys showed mild hydronephrosis with proximal hydroureter. This lesion was displacing the urinary bladder anteriorly and the rectum posteriorly. On USG, we suggested the diagnosis of hydrometrocolpos.
Figure 3 (A-D) : (A, B) USG shows a large hypoechoic cystic lesion (arrow head) in pelvis with fl uid-debris level communicating with distended uterine cavity (arrow) (C, D) Post-contrast axial computed tomography scan of abdomen and pelvis shows hydrometrocolpos (white arrow) with anteriorly compressed urinary bladder. Bilateral mild hydronephrosis is also noted

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A pre- and post-contrast computed tomography (CT) abdomen and pelvis revealed a large well-defined cystic lesion posterior to the bladder and anterior to the rectum [Figure 3]C and D. Superiorly it was communicating with dilated and superiorly displaced uterine cavity. Uterus appeared distended and fluid filled. Inferiorly this lesion was extending up to the vagina. Bilateral hydronephrosis and proximal hydroureter were also observed. Bowel loops appeared displaced superiorly and laterally. They were not dilated. Enhanced scan did not show any other significant abnormality.

On exploratory laparotomy, the finding of hydrometrocolpos was confirmed. The fluid that had collected was drained [Figure 4]. Atretic segment in lower third of the vagina was found for which vaginoplasty was done.
Figure 4: Intraoperative image showing hydrometrocolpos

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   Discussion Top

MKKS is an autosomal recessive disease. It was first described by McKusick et al.[1] in 1964 in two Amish sibships and rapidly confirmed. [2],[3] This disease occurs due to mutation in the MKKS gene that is present at 20p12 location. Mutations in the MKKS gene result in formation of defective protein which is similar to the members of chaperonin family, leading to anomalous limbs, heart, and reproductive system. [5] Cardinal features of MKKS in females are hydrometrocolpos and polydactyly, and it is often reported as the "hydrometrocolpos-polydactyly syndrome" in association with cardiac anomalies. Causes of hydrometrocolpos in most of the females are vaginal/cervical atresia or imperforate hymen. Hydrometrocolpos presents as large cystic abdominopelvic mass causing compression of the surrounding structures and secondary hydronephrosis. [4],[6] Urogenital sinus is sometimes associated with hydrometrocolpos. Though MKKS is rare in males, if present, it is sometimes associated with hypospadias, chordee, and cryptorchidism. Polydactyly is present in 90% of cases. It is predominantly post-axial and rarely mesoaxial. Syndactyly may also be encountered. MKKS shows association with congenital heart defects such as atrioventricular canal defects, ventricular septal defect, and hypoplastic left heart from 10% to 20% of cases. Other less commonly associated findings are gastrointestinal abnormalities (28%) that consist of imperforate anus, rectovaginal or vesicovaginal fistula, Hirschsprung's disease, and malrotation. Abnormalities of the eyes (5%) are also mentioned in literature. [4]

Neonatal hydrometrocolpos is an obstructive Mullerian duct anomaly. The classification of Mullerian anomalies is based on embryologic steps of lateral and vertical fusion. During lateral fusion, the Mullerian ducts develop at 5-6 weeks gestational age from the coelomic epithelium in conjunction with and lateral to the Wolffian (mesonephric) ducts. They fuse at about 7-9 weeks gestational age on the midline to form the uterovaginal canal. During vertical fusion at 8 weeks gestational age, the uterovaginal canal reaches the urogenital sinus at the Mullerian tubercle; the urogenital sinus results from separation of the cloaca into the urogenital sinus and rectum. At the same time, the vaginal plate develops distally. It proliferates first and then undergoes canalization. Therefore, the vagina is formed by both the Mullerian ducts (upper two thirds) and the urogenital sinus (lower one third). [7]

Mullerian duct anomalies are basically of two types. They can be due to Mullerian agenesis or obstruction of the Mullerian duct. Third trimester antenatal USG or USG in the neonate can diagnose MKKS by the presence of large cystic abdominopelvic mass with a fluid-debris level. Adolescents usually present with amenorrhea and cyclic abdominal pain.

USG is very valuable in differentiating between hematometrocolpos due to imperforate hymen or stenotic/septate vagina from hematometra due to cervical dysgenensis. Hematometrocolpos is cured by relieving the obstruction, whereas hematometra usually requires a hysterectomy. [7],[8] Approximately, 45% of vaginal septa occur in the upper vagina, 40% in the middle vagina, and 15% in the lower vagina. In our case, stenosis in the lower third of vagina was found.

Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS) also presents with post-axial polydactyly and hydrometrocolpos. It is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by retinal dystrophy or retinitis pigmentosa, postaxial polydactyly, obesity, nephropathy, and mental retardation. The diagnosis can only be made if four of the five major manifestations are present in a person and remains a difficult diagnosis in infancy, as the appearance of several key features is delayed. Typically, MKKS is diagnosed in very young children, whereas the diagnosis of BBS is often delayed to the teenage years. [5] Other syndromes like  Ellis-van Creveld syndrome More Details characterized by polydactyly, acromelia, and cardiac anomalies and  Pallister-Hall syndrome More Details characterized by facial anomalies, postaxial polydactyly, imperforate anus, and CNS anomalies like diencephalic hamartoblastoma may also be considered among the differential diagnoses. [9],[10],[11]

To conclude, MKKS should be given a thought in cases of neonatal abdominal distension, especially in females. All cases of diagnosed MKKS in infancy should be revaluated for retinitis pigmentosa and other signs of BBS, as some of these children may be affected by BBS.

   References Top

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2.Dungy CI, Aptekar RG, Cann HM. Hereditary hydrometrocolpos with polydactyly in infancy. Pediatrics 1971;47:138-41.  Back to cited text no. 2
3.Kaufman RL, Hartmann HF, McAlister WH. Family studies of congenital heart disease II: A syndrome of hydrometrocolpos, postaxial polydactyly and congenital heart disease. Birth Defects 1972;8:85-7.  Back to cited text no. 3
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6.Rosenberg HK, Chaudhry H. Pediatric pelvic sonography. In: Rumack CM, editor. Diagnostic Ultrasound. 4 th ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier Mosby Publishers; 2011. p. 1936-8.  Back to cited text no. 6
7.Rock JA. Anomalous development of the vagina. Semin Reprod Endocrinol 1986;4:13-31.  Back to cited text no. 7
8.Blask AR, Sanders RC, Rock JA. Obstructed uterovaginal anomalies: Demonstration with sonography. Part II. Teenagers. Radiology 1991;179:84-8.  Back to cited text no. 8
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11.Unsinn KM, Neu N, Krejci A, Posch A, Menardi G, Gassner I. Pallister-Hall syndrome and McKusick-Kaufmann syndrome: One entity? J Med Genet 1995;32:125-8.  Back to cited text no. 11

Correspondence Address:
Swapnil P Yewalkar
Department of Radiodiagnosis, B.J.M.C. and S.G.H., Pune - 411 001, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-3026.116573

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