Sometimes, mild urinary symptoms, such as painful urination
(dysuria), can be a symptom of an infection that is not related to the bladder
or kidney. When mild urinary symptoms are present with discharge from the
vagina, a vaginal infection may be the cause.
Discharge from the
vagina may also be a symptom of a
sexually transmitted infection (STI) or sexual abuse.
You may feel uneasy if your health professional brings up the issue of sexual
abuse. Health professionals have a professional duty and legal obligation to
evaluate the possibility of abuse in a child.
If you think a child or
family member has been physically abused, you can help them by reporting the
Resources are available for help.
April 12, 2011
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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