Vulvar disease in children: a clinical audit of 130 cases

Pediatr Dermatol. 2000 Jan-Feb;17(1):1-6. doi: 10.1046/j.1525-1470.2000.01701.x.


We evaluated 130 prepubertal girls presenting with a vulvar complaint to determine the spectrum and frequency of conditions seen in this age group. Of the patients, 41 (33%) had atopic or irritant dermatitis, 23 (18%) had lichen sclerosus, 21 (17%) had psoriasis, 15 (12%) had vulvar lesions, most often hemangiomas and nevi, and 13 (10%) had streptococcal vulvovaginitis. Diagnoses less frequently seen were staphylococcal folliculitis (four patients), labial fusion (three patients), genital warts (two patients), molluscum contagiosum of the vulva only (one patient), vulvar bullous pemphigoid (two patients), scabies nodules (one patient), erythema annulare centrifugum (one patient), tinea (two patients), and vitiligo (one patient). We also encountered vulvar presentations of systemic diseases (varicella, staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome, and Henoch-Schönlein purpura, all one patient each). We did not see candidal vulvovaginitis in this age group nor did we encounter bacterial infection with pathogens other than Staphylococcus aureus and S. pyogenes.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Vulvar Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Vulvar Diseases / epidemiology