Prepubertal and Adolescent Vulvovaginitis: What to Do When a Girl Reports Vaginal Discharge.

Prepubertal and Adolescent Vulvovaginitis: What to Do When a Girl Reports Vaginal Discharge.

Pediatr Ann. 2020 Apr 01;49(4):e170-e175

Authors: Lanis A, Talib HJ, Dodson N

Abstract
Vaginitis presents with vaginal discharge, odor, pruritis, and/or discomfort and affects 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 pediatrician. 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 (bacterial vaginosis, vulvovaginal candidiasis, and trichomonas) are addressed, as well as their diagnosis and treatment in adolescents. [Pediatr Ann. 2020;49(4):e170-e175.].

PMID: 32275761 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]