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Clinical manifestations and diagnosis of localized vulvar pain syndrome (formerly vulvodynia, vestibulodynia, vulvar vestibulitis, or focal vulvitis)

Cheryl Iglesia, MD, FACOG
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Robert L Barbieri, MD
Deputy Editor
Kristen Eckler, MD, FACOG


Localized vulvar pain syndrome is a persistent vulvar pain that can be consistently and precisely localized to the vulvar vestibule during physical examination, has no identifiable cause, and has been present for at least three months. This syndrome has previously been referred to as vulvodynia, vestibulodynia, vulvar vestibulitis, and focal vulvitis.

This topic will review the clinical manifestations and diagnosis of localized vulvar pain syndrome. Information on treatment of vulvar pain, generalized vulvar pain syndromes, and sexual pain in women is presented separately.

(See "Treatment of vulvodynia".)

(See "Clinical manifestations and diagnosis of generalized vulvodynia".)

(See "Approach to the woman with sexual pain".)


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