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Non-neoplastic Cysts and Swellings

The differential diagnosis of relatively benign cysts and swellings from neoplasms is critical for determining the appropriate treatment pathway. However, the variety of non-neoplastic cysts and swellings of the vulva and vagina is extensive, and it is essential that health professionals understand their clinical and pathological attributes in order to facilitate correct diagnosis. This eChapter is from the Ausmed publication The Vulva and Vaginal Manual and provides a comprehensive review of the topic.

The sections of this eChapter follow a distinct and logical format that make for easy understanding and logical reading. For each particular lesion, the author begins with a general overview, and then describes the clinical features of the lesion and the common pathological findings. This is then followed by a summary of contemporary management preferences. Beginning with the epidermal inclusion cyst, the eChapter comprehensively describes the commonest lesions such as the skin tag (acrochordon), fibroepithelial polyps and juvenile hemangiomas. And also rarer phenomena such as pyogenic granulomas and ectopic breasts. The eChapter is also distinguished by its discussion of relatively problematic complications associated with benign lesions in certain circumstances. The author also provides clarification regarding a range of disorders not commonly associated with localised manifestations, such as edema of the vulva (commonly associated with pregnancy), and lymphedema arising from disturbances of lymphatic outflow that results in dilatation of the lymphatics and extravasion of lymph into the skin of the vulva.

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 from the Ausmed Education Online Bookstore, along with hard copies of the complimentary publication Gynecological Cancer Care: A Guide to Practice.

Contents include

  • Descriptions of 22 non-neoplastic cysts and swellings from epidermal inclusion to paraurethral cysts
  • Includes rarely seen lesions such as pyogenic granulomas
  • Also describes more common yet unusual lesions such as varicosities of the vulva
  • Copious illustrations and images of histopathology slides
  • Diagnostic and treatment guidelines for all lesions.
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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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