Name = Leukorrhea
ICD10 = ICD10|N|89|8|n|80
ICD9 = ICD9|623.5
MeshID = D007973
Leukorrhea (US) or leukorrhoea (Commonwealth) is a medical term that denotes a thick, whitish
vaginal discharge. It is a natural defense mechanism the vagina uses to maintain its chemical balance, as well as to preserve the flexibilty of the vaginal tissue. It may also result from inflammationor congestion of the vaginal mucosa. In cases where it is yellowish or gives off an odor, a doctor should be consulted since it could be a sign of an STD.
There are many causes of leukorrhea, the usual one being
estrogenimbalance i.e. increase or decrease in levels of. The amount of discharge may increase due to vaginal infectionor STDs, in which case it becomes more yellow and foul-smelling; it is usually a non-pathological symptom secondary to inflammatory conditions of vagina or cervix.
Vaginal discharge is normal for a woman, and all women are different. Causes of change in discharge include infection, malignancy, and hormonal changes. It sometimes occurs before a girl has her first period, and is considered a sign of
Leukorrhea may occur normally during
pregnancy. This is caused by increased bloodflow to the vagina due to increased estrogen. Female infants may have leukorrhea for a short time after birth due to their in-uterine exposure to estrogen.
delivery, leukorrhea accompanied by backache and foul-smelling lochia ( post-partumvaginal discharge, containing blood, mucus, and placental tissue) may suggest the failure of involution(the uterusreturning to pre-pregnant size) due to infection.
* [http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/vaginaldischarge.html Overview at americanpregnancy.org]
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