Vaginal discharge in women of all age groups may be due to variety of causes. Intravaginal foreign body retained for long duration can be a diagnostic dilemma. This report presents the case of a lady who had an intravaginal foreign body for unknown duration. Recurrent, unremitting, foul-smelling, bloody vaginal discharge in a woman should alert the clinician to the possibility of a retained vaginal foreign body. A case of intravaginal foreign body is reported for the diagnostic dilemma it can present, especially with carcinoma cervix.
Foreign Body in Vagina: An Uncommon Cause of Vaginitis in Children
Foreign Body in Vagina
Vaginal discharge in children may result from a variety of causes. A long-standing intra-vaginal foreign body can pose both diagnostic and therapeutic challenges in children. Treatment failure may occur because of alteration of the normal vaginal flora. A 6-year-old girl, who lived with her parents, presented with a foul-smelling, blood-stained vaginal discharge as well as dysuria for 2 years. There was no history of sexual abuse.
During normal exploration of the body, young girls may put a foreign object in their vaginas. Common objects are toilet tissue, a crayon, or a bead. Teens may have a forgotten tampon in the vagina. The objects must be removed to prevent a vaginal infection. Often they are not discovered until the girl is brought to see a healthcare provider because she has developed a vaginal discharge or bleeding.
Jump to content. Foreign objects or forgotten tampons may cause a vaginal infection. Young girls might insert pieces of toilet paper, small toys, or household objects into their vagina.