How is the vaginal discharge characterized in trichomoniasis?

Updated: Jan 02, 2020
  • Author: Darvin Scott Smith, MD, MSc, DTM&H; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Vaginal discharge is found in 42% of women with trichomoniasis. [16] The discharge is classically described as thin and frothy; however, this is only seen in about 12% of patients. [16] The discharge is often yellow and is sometimes viscous enough to be confused with candidiasis. Abnormal vaginal odor was found in approximately half of infected women, and edema or erythema was found in 22%-37%. [16] Vaginal pH is often elevated (>4.5). [61]


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