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Vulvodynia in preadolescent girls.
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PMID:  18820538     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Although vulvodynia occurs in approximately 7% of adult American women, we hypothesize that vulvodynia also occurs in young girls and that they respond to treatments that are similar to those used in women with this disorder. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a retrospective case study of vulvodynia in preadolescent girls seen in our referral practice. Records of all office visits and any telephone or e-mailed follow-up were reviewed. RESULTS: Between October 1996 and April 2006, 6 girls ages 4 to 11 years were evaluated and diagnosed with vulvodynia. Pain had been present for several months to 7 years, and most patients had been seen by several physicians before having this diagnosis made. Treatment was typically initiated with a tricyclic antidepressant, and 5 of the 6 girls noted improvement in their symptoms, including 2 who had marked improvement, and another 3 with substantial improvement who were able to discontinue therapy without a recurrence. CONCLUSIONS: Vulvodynia does occur among young girls and, when treated as a neuropathic pain disorder, was found to dramatically improve or remit in the majority of those treated in this small case series. This underrecognized disorder should be considered in cases of ongoing vulvar discomfort, regardless of age.
Barbara D Reed; Lauren E Cantor
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of lower genital tract disease     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1526-0976     ISO Abbreviation:  J Low Genit Tract Dis     Publication Date:  2008 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-09-29     Completed Date:  2009-02-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9704963     Medline TA:  J Low Genit Tract Dis     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  257-61     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Family Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104-1213, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Antidepressive Agents, Tricyclic / administration & dosage,  therapeutic use
Child, Preschool
Chronic Disease
Nortriptyline / administration & dosage,  therapeutic use
Pain / drug therapy,  epidemiology*
Retrospective Studies
Vulvar Diseases / drug therapy,  epidemiology*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antidepressive Agents, Tricyclic; 72-69-5/Nortriptyline

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