Prepubertal and adolescent vulvovaginitis: What to do when a girl reports vaginal discharge

Aviya Lanis, Hina J. Talib, Nancy Dodson

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Abstract

Vaginitis presents with vaginal discharge, odor, pruritis, and/or discomfort and af-fects up to 75% of girls and women over the course of their lifetimes, with most women experiencing their first episode during adolescence. Given the prevalence of this disorder, this article aims to provide an overview of vaginitis for the general pe-diatrician. We start with prepubertal etiologies of vaginitis, then discuss pubertal and normal physiologic discharge, and then focus on the most common etiologies of adolescent vulvovaginitis. The three most common microbial etiologies of vaginitis (bac-terial vaginosis, vulvovaginal candidiasis, and trichomonas) are addressed, as well as their diagnosis and treatment in adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e170-e175
JournalPediatric annals
Volume49
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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