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Genital Trauma in Children and Adolescents


Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology: June 2008 - Volume 51 - Issue 2 - p 237-248
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e31816d223c
Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

Traumatic wounds of the female genitalia include accidental straddle injuries or impalement, chemical or thermal burns, insufflation injuries, blunt trauma, or crush injuries. Children and adolescents may be victims of rape, sexual abuse, and female genital mutilation. Information is provided on epidemiology, pathophysiology, and management. Treatment guidelines are offered using the best evidence available, and recommendations are provided when data are limited.

Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis Children's Hospital, Barnes Jewish Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Saint Louis, Missouri

Correspondence: Diane F. Merritt, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Washington University School of Medicine, 660 South Euclid Box 8064, Saint Louis, MO 63124. E-mail:

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.