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Inflammatory Vaginitis

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Microscopic Photo of Human Vaginal Wall. Courtesy Jpogi at en.wikipedia

Human Vaginal Wall. Courtesy Jpogi at en.wikipedia

What Is Inflammatory Vaginitis?

Inflammatory vaginitis, also called desquamative inflammatory vaginitis, is a female genital disorder characterized by non-infectious tissue inflammation of the vagina (birth canal).

Inflammatory vaginitis presents in females of any age including girls with a history of discomfort, irritation, and in those who are sexually active, painful sexual intercourse. Patients may also report an increased vaginal discharge.

Q: How do the tissues appear?

A: Examination of the vulva is normal, but erythematous regions on the vaginal walls are evident with increased vaginal secretion. This secretion is high in polymorphonuclear leukocytes, with an increased number of immature squamous epithelial cells. Repeated cultures are negative for bacteria, viruses and yeast.1

What Is Inflammatory Vaginitis In Celiac Disease and/or Gluten Sensitivity?


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  1. Murphy R. Desquamative inflammatory vaginitis. Dermatol Ther. 2004;17(1):47-9. []