ISSN: 1308-5727 | E-ISSN: 1308-5735
Volume: 14 Issue: 2 Year: 2022
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Turkish Society for Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes
Non-hormonal Clitoromegaly due to Clitoral Priapism Caused by Appendicitis/Appendectomy [J Clin Res Pediatr Endocrinol]
J Clin Res Pediatr Endocrinol. Ahead of Print: JCRPE-27146 | DOI: 10.4274/jcrpe.galenos.2021.2021-8-4

Non-hormonal Clitoromegaly due to Clitoral Priapism Caused by Appendicitis/Appendectomy

Busra Gurpinar Tosun1, Ahsen Karagozlu Akgul2, Eda Almus3, Sadik Abidoglu2, Serap Turan1, Abdullah Bereket1, Tulay Guran1
1Department of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, Marmara University, School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey
2Department of Pediatric Urology, Marmara University, School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey
3Department of Pediatric Radiology, Marmara University, School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey

Clitoromegaly usually develops due to hyperandrogenism. There are few cases of clitoromegaly described without clinical and biochemical hyperandrogenism. Clitoromegaly due to clitoral priapism and clitoral priapism after appendectomy have not been reported previously. A 7-year-old girl was referred for enlargement of the clitoris. She expressed having a mild, pulsating clitoral pain starting three days after an appendectomy operation. Subsequently, painful swelling and an increase in the size of the clitoris was observed. Her growth and physical examination were normal other than a clitoromegaly. The conditions related to androgen excess were excluded by comprehensive work-up. The color Doppler ultrasound revealed a high peak systolic velocity and resistance in the cavernosal artery consistent with clitoral priapism. The patient's complaints improved significantly with oral pseudoephedrine and intracavernosal aspiration. This unique case shows that clitoral
priapism is a rare non-hormonal cause of clitoromegaly and can occur after appendectomy. Pseudoephedrine treatment is helpful in alleviating the symptoms.

Keywords: Non-hormonal clitoromegaly, clitoral priapism, clitorism, acute appendicitis, pelvic inflammation, pseudoephedrine



Corresponding Author: Tulay Guran
Manuscript Language: English
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