Late Complications of Childhood Female Genital Mutilation Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • BACKGROUND: Canada's immigrants are increasingly from non-English-speaking countries with different medical issues. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a procedure performed for non-medical reasons that is not traditionally encountered in Canada and that has serious health implications for women. CASE: A 36-year-old woman, who underwent FGM at the age of four, presented to our colposcopy unit with increasing swelling of the vulva. Examination revealed a large cystic mass in the midline of the vulva, and MRI identified two well-defined cystic lesions. The mass was excised, and histologic examination confirmed an epidermal inclusion cyst. CONCLUSION: An epidermal inclusion cyst can develop as a long-term consequence of FGM. Although it grows slowly and usually without symptoms, it may require excision because of inflammation, secondary infection, or, in rare cases, malignancy developing within the cyst.

publication date

  • June 2010