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ENDOCRINOLOGY AND GENDER
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 787-789

Vulvodynia: An unrecognized diabetic neuropathic syndrome


1 Department of Gynecology, Bharti Hospital and BRIDE, Karnal, Haryana, India
2 Department of Endocrinology, Bharti Hospital and BRIDE, Karnal, Haryana, India
3 Department of Medicine, MLN Medical College, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Bharti Kalra
Department of Gynecology, Bharti Hospital and BRIDE, Karnal, Haryana
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2230-8210.117193

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Vulvar pain syndromes, including vulvodynia, are a common source of morbidity in women and cause much physical and psychological suffering. This brief communication postulates the hypothesis that unexplained vulvar pain may be hitherto undescribed manifestation of painful sensory diabetic neuropathy. It describes the clinical characteristics of vulvodynia and highlights the similarities between this condition and diabetic neuropathy. The hypothesis calls for women presenting with vulvar pain to be screened for diabetes, as well as women with diabetes to be questioned about vulvar symptomatology. The paper hopes to stimulate extensive research in this important, but so far neglected, field of women's endocrine health.


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