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Vagina, tumour of

Vaginal tumours are rare, and usually benign, as in Gartner’s cysts, small cavities full of liquid in the wall of the vagina. There is often more than one such cavity and only rarely do they cause discomfort. Other cysts can be formed by sebum and sweat glands in the lower end of the vagina. Sometimes a cyst forms as a result of endometriosis. Such cysts are painful during menstruation because blood accumulates in the cavity. They often occur in scar tissue, and are removed if they cause discomfort. Warts (condylomata accuminata) are the consequence of viral infection and can arise in the event of protracted discharge. They disappear after treatment with podophyllin or silver nitrate; they can also be frozen off. Fibroids are small benign tumours in the vagina which should be submitted to laboratory tests after removal. Malignant tumours in the vagina occur only very rarely. The initial symptoms are painless loss of blood, or an odorous discharge, with pain at a later stage. Cancer of the vagina requires extensive surgery. Women whose mothers used diethylstilbestrol (DES) during pregnancy are more prone to benign, and sometimes also malignant, disorders of the gland tissue of vagina and cervix, and should undergo regular checks.

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