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Emphysematous vaginitis in a gravid woman


A primigravida in her late 20s presented to the obstetrics and gynaecology department in labour. On per speculum examination, multiple cystic lesions, 1–5 mm in size were observed occupying the anterior, posterior and lateral vaginal walls. Vaginal wet mount was normal and vaginal cultures were negative. Biopsy findings were consistent with emphysematous vaginitis. Vaginitis emphysematosa is a rare, benign self-limiting condition that presents with multiple, air-filled cysts in the vaginal or ectocervical mucosa. This condition is seen in both gravid and non gravid women, usually associated with a Trichomonas or Gardnerella infection.

  • Dermatology
  • Gas/Free Gas
  • Pregnancy
  • Pathology
  • Vulvovaginal disorders

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