Genital Trauma in the Pediatric and Adolescent Female

Diane F. Merritt

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Genital injuries in female children and adolescents may occur accidentally or as the result of an act of violence. This article discusses the etiologies and management of genital trauma. Awareness needs to be heightened among individual providers of medical care, as well as in the international community, to protect young girls from becoming victims of violence and to provide avenues for recovery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-98
Number of pages14
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2009


  • Accidental genital injuries
  • Female genital cutting or mutilation
  • Genital trauma
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexual assault
  • Straddle injuries


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