Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview

Vulvar Laceration Overview

Another name for Vulvar Laceration is Genital Laceration Female.

What is a genital laceration in a female?
A woman with a genital laceration has a cut, or tear, in the vagina or vulva. Lacerations may also involve structures that lie beneath the skin, such as blood vessels and nerves. When the doctor evaluates a vaginal laceration, it will be important to determine if the laceration involves the urethra.

What are the symptoms of a genital laceration?
The symptoms of a laceration include pain, bleeding, swelling, and bruising to the skin. Worsening redness, swelling, and tenderness around a laceration are signs of a skin infection, called cellulitis.

How does the doctor treat a genital laceration?
In the majority of cases, the treatment for a laceration includes wound irrigation, wound cleansing, and laceration repair. Additional treatment for lacerations may include a tetanus vaccine, antibiotics, and pain medications.

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