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Int J STD AIDS. 1998 Feb;9(2):88-91.

Prevalence, causes and outcome of vulval pain in a genitourinary medicine clinic population.

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  • 1Department of Genitourinary Medicine, St Mary's Hospital, London, UK.


A detailed assessment was completed on 150 consecutive new female patients attending a walk-in genitourinary medicine clinic, in order to elicit the features of vulval pain. Twenty patients (13.3%) experienced vulval pain, and of these, 15 (75%) had an infective cause demonstrated. Candidiasis was demonstrated in more than half (55%) of them and one-fifth had genital herpes. Of the 5 patients in whom no infection was present, 2 were diagnosed with the vulvar vestibulitis syndrome (VVS) following their referral to the dedicated vulval clinic.

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