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Vaginal discharge

Paul Nyirjesy

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online November 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.0804_update_001

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Vaginal discharge

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Vaginal symptoms are a frequent source of discomfort and distress for many women. Bacterial vaginosis, vulvovaginal candidiasis, and trichomoniasis are considered the most common causes in premenopausal women, but atrophic vaginitis and noninfectious disorders seem to occur more often in menopausal women.

Self-diagnosis and syndromic management, although increasingly encouraged in many parts of the world, are fraught with inaccuracy. A proper diagnosis depends on a thorough history, examination, and readily available tests in the clinic. Ancillary tests to be considered in selective circumstances include culture for yeast, culture or PCR for trichonomas, ...

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Subjects: Genito-urinary Medicine

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