Vulvovaginitis: Find the cause to treat it

Cleve Clin J Med. 2017 Mar;84(3):215-224. doi: 10.3949/ccjm.84a.15163.

Abstract

Vulvar and vaginal disorders are among the most common problems seen in ambulatory care. The cause is usually infectious, but noninfectious causes should also be considered, and differentiating them can be challenging. Accurate diagnosis based on patient history, physical examination, and laboratory testing is necessary so that effective therapy can be chosen.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Candidiasis, Vulvovaginal / complications
  • Candidiasis, Vulvovaginal / diagnosis
  • Candidiasis, Vulvovaginal / therapy
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Herpes Genitalis / complications
  • Herpes Genitalis / diagnosis
  • Herpes Genitalis / therapy
  • Humans
  • Lichen Planus / complications
  • Lichen Planus / diagnosis
  • Lichen Planus / therapy
  • Symptom Assessment / methods*
  • Trichomonas Vaginitis / complications
  • Trichomonas Vaginitis / diagnosis
  • Trichomonas Vaginitis / therapy
  • Vaginosis, Bacterial / complications
  • Vaginosis, Bacterial / diagnosis
  • Vaginosis, Bacterial / therapy
  • Vulvovaginitis / diagnosis*
  • Vulvovaginitis / etiology*
  • Vulvovaginitis / therapy