Prevalence of vulvovaginitis and relation to physical findings in girls assessed for suspected child sexual abuse

2015 Archivos Argentinos de Pediatria  
Introduction. The presence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in patients with suspected sexual abuse is uncommon in the field of pediatrics. Objectives. To establish the prevalence of anogenital findings and their relation to the presence of STIs in girls referred for suspected child sexual abuse. Statistically significant differences for Trichomonas vaginalis (p= 0.01) and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (p < 0.0001) were observed, with predominance of nonspecific clinical signs. Both
more » ... ns. Both nonspecific and specific findings were similarly observed for Chlamydia trachomatis (p= 0.03). Conclusions. Most cases of girls with suspected child sexual abuse had normal or nonspecific anogenital findings. The prevalence of STIs in these girls is low. Trichomonas vaginalis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae were related to nonspecific findings, while both nonspecific and specific findings were observed for Chlamydia trachomatis.
doi:10.5546/aap.2015.eng.390 fatcat:grecqdqronhwxl3catu3b6u2pe