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Diseases of the Vagina

  • Richard J. Zaino
  • Marisa Nucci
  • Robert J. Kurman

Abstract

The vagina, like other orifices that interface between the external environment and the interior milieu, acts as a barrier to many potentially invasive microorganisms. It is, thus, not surprising that the vagina is the site of a variety of infections, both sexually and nonsexually transmitted, and this, in fact, represents the predominant type of pathology of this organ. In contrast, neoplasms are relatively unusual in this site, which is somewhat unexpected in view of the relationship between infection (e.g., human papilloma virus infection) and the development of carcinoma of the vulva and cervix.

Keywords

Bacterial Vaginosis Toxic Shock Syndrome Vaginal Discharge Verrucous Carcinoma Clear Cell Adenocarcinoma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard J. Zaino
    • 1
  • Marisa Nucci
    • 2
  • Robert J. Kurman
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Pathology, H179M.S. Hershey Medical CenterHersheyUSA
  2. 2.Brigham Women’s HospitalWomen’s Department of PathologyBostonUSA
  3. 3.Departments of Gynecology, Obstetrics, Pathology and Oncology, Division of Gynecologic PathologyJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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