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ceem-15-113.xml Reichman: Intraabdominal vibrator due to a vaginal cuff dehiscence
A 31-year-old female presented with severe abdominal pain three hours after vaginal intercourse. This was her first intercourse after a laparoscopic hysterectomy three months ago. Approximately one hour after intercourse, her husband was using a running vibrator on her and lost his grip and it went inside. She was in distress. A mechanical buzzing could be audibly heard as well as palpated throughout the abdomen.
Our patient presented with a vaginal cuff dehiscence complicated by a small bowel evisceration through the vagina with an intraabdominal foreign body (the vibrator) in the peritoneal cavity (Fig. 1). An exploratory laparotomy was performed to retrieve the vibrator, repack the bowel, and repair the vaginal cuff.
A vaginal cuff dehiscence is the separation of the anterior and posterior edges of the vaginal cuff [1]. This can be life threatening if the bowel eviscerates through the introitus and results in intestinal ischemia and infection [1]. Patients commonly present with pelvic or abdominal pain, bleeding, or watery discharge [2]. Evisceration of the bowel occurs in 70% of vaginal dehiscences [2]. Direct trauma from sexual intercourse is the most common etiology for cuff dehiscence [3]. Other etiologies include: age, chronic steroid use, diabetes, foreign objects, hypothyroidism, poor surgical technique, and the Valsalva maneuver [1-4]. The median time to dehiscence averages 1.5 to 3.5 months postoperatively [3]. Half of the dehiscences occurred after a robotic or laparoscopic hysterectomy [2]. Techniques that use different suturing methods, electrocautery, and a magnified visual field may factor into the high dehiscence rates seen after a robotic or laparoscopic hysterectomy [2].


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Fig. 1.
Plain radiograph of the abdomen showing the location of the intraabdominal vibrator. The bowel can be seen eviscerating through the introitus. RT, right side.
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