What is the presentation of trichomoniasis in infants and children?

Updated: Jan 02, 2020
  • Author: Darvin Scott Smith, MD, MSc, DTM&H; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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In female newborns, T vaginalis acquired during birth may cause vaginal discharge during the first week of life. Respiratory infection in newborns is also possible. [48] An infected infant may present with fever.

Prepubertal children with trichomoniasis may present with symptoms similar to those seen in the adolescent and adult patient. T vaginalis infection in prepubertal children may suggest sexual abuse but may also arise from earlier vertical transmission.


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