Constipation presenting as recurrent vulvovaginitis in prepubertal children

J Am Acad Dermatol. 2000 Oct;43(4):718-9. doi: 10.1067/mjd.2000.107738.


Vulvovaginitis is the most common gynecologic problem in premenarcheal girls. We describe 3 patients with recurrent vulvovaginitis caused by bacterial infection who responded to treatment of constipation with resolution of the vulvovaginitis. There were no recurrences during the follow-up period of 15 to 36 months. We propose that underlying constipation should be added to the list of possible causes of recurrent vulvovaginitis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Constipation / complications*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Recurrence
  • Vulvovaginitis / etiology*