Approach to the patient with vulvovaginal complaints

Bethanee J. Schlosser, Ginat W. Mirowski

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Although vulvovaginal diseases may seem daunting, dermatologists possess all of the requisite tools and skills necessary to comprehensively assess and accurately diagnose primary cutaneous, systemic, and inflammatory diseases that affect the vulva. A simple but comprehensive dermatologic approach to the patient with a vulvovaginal complaint is presented. We begin with a review of the normal vulvar anatomy and normal variants and proceed to the clinical approach with special emphasis on the history, physical examination, and common diagnostic procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)438-448
Number of pages11
JournalDermatologic Therapy
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2010


  • anatomy
  • examination
  • female genitalia
  • vagina
  • vaginal discharge
  • vulva

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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