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Vulvar varicose veins and pregnancy: childbirth management

Vulvar varicose veins and pregnancy: childbirth management

Hadiza Moutari Soule1, Alpha Boubacar Conte1,&, Sofia Jayi1, Abraham Alexis Sano1, Fatima Zohra Fdili Alaoui1, Hikmat Chaara1, Moulay Abdelilah Melhouf1


1Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Department of Gynecology - Obstetrics II, Hassan II Teaching Hospital, Fez, Morocco



&Corresponding author
Alpha Boubacar Conte, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Department of Gynecology - Obstetrics II, Hassan II Teaching Hospital, Fez, Morocco



To the editors of the PAMJ Clinical Medicine    Down

Pregnancy is presumed to be a major contributory factor in the increased incidence of varicose veins in women [1]. Vulvar varicosity is a relatively common venous disorder in women with varicose veins of the pelvis and lower extremities and in pregnant women, but there is little information in the medical literature concerning its diagnosis and management [2]. Vulvar varicosities, or varicose veins of the vulva [3] are dilated veins in the labia majora and labia minora, and are estimated to occur in 22%-34% of women with varicose veins of the pelvis [4]. Vulvar varicose veins occur in approximately 4% of women and are rarely seen outside pregnancy [5]. When it occurs to the women presenting in labor for delivery, the question asked is which mode of delivery should be chosen and how the patient should be managed? Whether the cesarean section or the vaginal delivery. In the goal of sharing our experience, we are relating here a case of a young women who came to our health care center in labor and we suddenly discovered a vulvar varicose veins touching the whole vulvar. It´s about a patient aged of 21 G2P1 without any particular pathology history admitted in labor for delivery with extensive left and right vulvar varicose (Figure 1) which started to appear since the 4th month of the pregnancy. The pregnancy was not monitored so any investigation was done. The exam found also a bilateral leg tumefaction which seemed to be a sign of deep vein thrombosis. A vulvar ultrasound showed dilated vessels in the both side of the vulvar and Venous doppler ultrasound of the lower limbs did not find any direct or indirect sign of deep vein thrombosis The vaginal delivery was accepted with the instrumental extraction using obstetric suction cup. They were no incident during the delivery and the varicosities was reduced in term of volume after the delivery. The pathogenesis of vulvar varicosities is mainly valvular dysfunction, but the fundamental etiology is unclear [6]. The anatomical basis for the development of vulvar varicosities relates to the connections between the veins of the pelvis and external genitals [7]. Vulvar veins drain into the external and internal pudendal veins, which deliver blood to the great saphenous vein and internal iliac vein. The veins of the labia majora and labia minora anastomose with the utero vaginal plexus. In addition, the connection to the pelvic veins is provided via the obturator vein and superficial circumflex iliac vein, as well as the groin, clitoral, and perineal perforant veins [2]. Risk factors associated with vulvar varicose veins include increasing age, standing for long periods, genetics, and increased levels of estrogens and progesterone [8]. There is still no consensus on the mode of delivery in this kind of situation. The risk of vaginal delivery might be the fact that the vulvar varicose veins may cause extensive bleeding due to the possible rupture during labor and vaginal delivery. Cases of successful vaginal birth have been described in the presence of huge vulvar varicose veins. However, cases of massive bleeding from ruptured vulvar varicosities following normal delivery have also been reported [6].



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The management of the childbirth when a patient presents vulvar varicose veins has no clear consensus. The mode of delivery has to be properly evaluated by the obstetrician in charge. Each patient should be considered according to her own context. There´s no recommendation of systematic caesarean when facing such cases.



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The authors declare no competing interests.



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All the authors participated to the present work from the patient care to the writing of the manuscript. All the authors read and approved the final version of the manuscript.



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Figure 1: extensive left and right vulvar varicosities



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