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Allen-Masters syndrome

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Laceration of the fascial layers in the broad and Mackenrodt ligaments resulting in ”universal joint” type of mobility of the cervix. The cervix may be moved in any direction with minimal, if any, movement of the corpus uteri. The condition usually results from surgically traumatic or old lacerations of the broad ligament during delivery or, less frequently, from induced abortion, particularly as a result of excessive vaginal packing. Complaints include pelvic congestion and pain, menstrual disturbances, dyspareunia, fatigability, pain during intercourse, and backache.


  • W. M. Allen, W. H. Masters:
    Traumatic laceration of uterine support. The clinical syndrome and operative treatment.
    American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, St. Louis, 1955, 70: 500-513.

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