Mycoplasma pneumoniae as a cause of vulvar ulcers in a non-sexually active girl: A case report

Maria G. Koliou, Talia Kakourou, Jan Richter, Christina Christodoulou, Elpidoforos S. Soteriades

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Abstract

Background: Non-sexually active young females very rarely develop genital ulcers. Such ulcers pose a diagnostic challenge as well as physical and emotional distress for patients and family; therefore, the search for their etiology requires exhaustive investigation. Several viruses such as Epstein-Barr virus have been associated with this entity; however, Mycoplasma pneumoniae has rarely been linked to such ulcers in the literature. We present a case of vulvar ulcers in a non-sexually active young girl during the course of pneumonia caused by Mycoplasma pneumoniae. Case presentation: A 10-year-old non-sexually active girl of cypriot origin presented at a hospital with fever, dry cough, and acute vulvar ulcers. Laboratory investigations as well as imaging studies revealed Mycoplasma pneumoniae as the cause of her pneumonia and acute vulvar ulcers. Conclusions: Although a rare cause of vulvar ulcers, Mycoplasma pneumoniae should be considered in the differential diagnosis of acute vulvar ulcers coexisting with respiratory symptoms.

Original languageEnglish
Article number187
JournalJournal of Medical Case Reports
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 9 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Acute vulvar ulcers
  • Cyprus
  • Mycoplasma pneumoniae
  • Non-sexually active females

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine

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