Labial adhesion as a complication of primary genital herpes in young women.
Background: Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted disease in adolescents. It may be associated with significant morbidity if not diagnosed on time or not properly treated. The objective of this study was to determine the incidence of labial adhesion secondary to primary herpes in young women and the possible predisposing factors for this complication.Methods: Analysis of the clinical data regarding primary genital herpes in young women in the adolescent clinic at a university hospital in outpatient clinic setting. Cases of primary genital herpes seen between December 1(st) 1998 and November 30(th) 1999 were included.Results: A total of 34 female adolescents with age range 12-19 years were diagnosed with primary genital herpes during this time period. 7 patients (20.6%) were found to have severe labial adhesion at time of diagnosis. All 7 patients were seen by other providers prior to their visit to the adolescent clinic and 4 were correctly diagnosed. All 7 patients were given antiviral therapy, but none was given local treatment. At time of diagnosis all 7 patients had anuria for more than 24 hours and severe pain and discomfort. 3 patients had Diabetes Mellitus (one of these was also pregnant) and one patient had asthma. The age range for these 7 patients was 13-17. Treatment with local anesthetics helped resolve the adhesion in 5 patients and surgical treatment was needed in the remaining two patients.Conclusion: Labial adhesion is a common, severe complication of primary genital herpes in young women. Very young age, chronic medical conditions, incorrect diagnosis and lack of topical treatment may predispose to the development of this complication. Use of topical therapy should be an integral part of the comprehensive treatment for primary genital herpes in female adolescents to alleviate discomfort and prevent urinary retention and labial adhesion.
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Omar H. (2000). Labial adhesion as a complication of primary genital herpes in young women. Journal of pediatric and adolescent gynecology, 13(2), 94. https://doi.org/10.1016/s1083-3188(00)00028-0
Medicine and Health Sciences | Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics