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8.04 Vaginal Foreign Bodies


Presentation

This commonly is a problem of children, who may insert a foreign body and not tell their parents. The patient is finally brought to the emergency department with a foul-smelling purulent discharge with or without vaginal bleeding. Vaginal foreign bodies in the adult may be a result of a psychiatric disorder or unusual sexual practices. Occasionally a tampon or pessary is forgotten or lost and causes discomfort and a vaginal discharge.

What to do:

Discussion

Vaginal foreign body removal is generally not a problem, but when large objects make removal more difficult, use the additional techniques described for rectal foreign bodies.

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