This comprehensive eChapter provides an in-depth and wide ranging explication of the viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites that can cause infections of the vulva and vagina. Illustrated with copious high quality photographs, both rare and common infections are described, as well as tips for diagnosis and contemporary treatment pathways. This resource is suitable for any health professional providing clinical services in the areas of women’s health and paediatrics.

This eChapter is divided into four logical classifications of infection. Commencing with a comprehensive review of parasitic infections, the author initially describes the more common invasive organisms such as Pediculosis pubis (pubic lice), Sarcoptes scabei (scabies) and Enterobius vermicularis (threadworm or pinworm). Following this, rarer parasitic infections such as Schistosomiasis mansoni (bilharziasis), Wuchereria bancrofti (elephantiasis), hydatid disease, Trichomonas vaginalis (trichomoniasis), Entamoeba hystolytica (amebiasis) and Leishmaniasis are given equal coverage.

The second section is dedicated to parasitic infections, and covers the more common fungi that may invade the female genital tract. Candida albicans (thrush), is given particular attention, and a thorough review of its variants, diagnosis and treatment are described. This is complimented with a subsequent discussion of non-Albicans yeast infections. Tinea crusis (tinea), Pityriasis versicolour (tinea versicolour) and white piedra form the topics for the balance of the section.

Section three focuses on bacteria as the causative mechanism of pyogenic vulvar infections. Beginning with an extremely useful explanation of the nomenclature and terminology used to describe pyogenic infections, the author discusses a wide ranging collection of causative organisms, including Neisseria gonorrhoea, actinomysis, erythrasma, trichomycosis, diphtheria chancroid and donovanosis, amongst many others.
The final section describes viral infections, including the herpes strains, cytomegalovirus, Human papilloma virus, Molluscum contagiosum and HIV.

This eChapter forms part of the Ausmed publication The Vulva and Vaginal Manual, edited by Graeme Dennerstein, James Scurry, John Brenan, David Allen and Maria-Grazia Marin. A richly illustrated and comprehensive guide to the identification and treatment of over 275 vulvovaginal diseases The Vulva and Vaginal Manual is an invaluable resource especially suitable for:

  • Gynecologists
  • Dermatologists
  • General Practitioners
  • Obstetricians
  • Midwives
  • General nurses
  • Practice nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners

There are also 14 additional eChapters from The Vulva and Vaginal Manual available for members to download from the Ausmed website. Subscription also entitles members to access the full range of resources that compliment and build upon the material described within The Vulva and Vaginal Manual, including a richly populated catalogue of Audio Lectures, Fast Facts and Video Learning Activities on the topics of gynecology, obstetrics, oncology, women’s health and a wide range of other healthcare topics. Both members and non-subscribers alike may also purchase a hard copy of this book of from the Ausmed Education Online Bookstore, along with hard copies of the complimentary publication Gynecological Cancer Care: A Guide to Practice.

Contents include

  • Common invasive parasites, fungi, bacteria and viruses of the female genital tract
  • Copious illustrative photographs and microscopy
  • Detailed descriptions of both common and rare infectious disease
  • Sexually transmitted disease
  • Overview of the acquired human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Treatment pathways and management plans.
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Author / Editor Biographies

John Brenan is a dermatologist practicing in Melbourne. He is a past President of the Australian College of Dermatology, consultant dermatologist to the Mercy Hospital for Women and the original dermatologist for the Dermogynaecology Clinic.
David Allen is a certified gynaecological oncologist practicing at the Mercy Hospital for Women and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, East Melbourne. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Melbourne.
James Scurry is one of Australia's leading gynaecological pathologists. He is a pathologist in Newcastle, New South Wales.
Dr Dennerstein is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with medical expertise in the health of the vulva and vagina. He is the former Head of the Dermo-gynaecology Clinic at The Mercy Hospital for Women and co-author of the book entitled: The Vulva and Vagina Manual. He has lectured extensively on this topic, both internationally and nationally. Graeme has extensive experience in family planning and reproductive health. In 1971 he established the Family Planning and Infertility Clinic at the Western General Hospital in Melbourne, serving as its director until 1986. From 1980 to 1989 he was the ...
Grazia Marin is a psychologist in private practice in Melbourne and past committee member and Education Officer of the Victorian Psychosexual Society. She is also a member of the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Diseases and is serving on its Patient Education and Sexual Difficulties committees.

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