Rope swing injuries resulting in vulvar trauma

Holly R. Hoefgen, Diane F. Merritt

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Background: River tree rope swings are popular for recreation along inland lakes and rivers, but not without hazard. In a comprehensive review of injuries related to rope swings, genital injuries accounted for nearly 3 percent. Case: We describe significant genital injuries, with laceration and avulsion of the labia and a large vulvar hematoma in 2 young women as a consequence of rope swing use. Summary and Conclusions: Visitors to inland waterways need to be cognizant of the hazards of rope swings and health care professionals should consider this mechanism of injury when confronted with vulvar trauma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e13-e15
JournalJournal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015


  • Female injuries
  • Genitalia
  • Hematoma
  • Rope swing
  • Vulva


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