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The paediatrician and the management of common gynaecological conditions
  1. Joanne K Ritchie1,
  2. Pallavi Latthe2,
  3. Deepthi Jyothish3,
  4. Joanne C Blair4
  1. 1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust, Princess Royal Hospital, Telford, UK
  2. 2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Trust, Birmingham Women’s Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  3. 3 Department of General Paediatrics, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Trust, Birmingham Women’s Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  4. 4 Department of Endocrinology, Alder Hey Childrens NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Joanne K Ritchie, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust, Princess Royal Hospital, Telford TF1 6TF, UK; joritchie{at}doctors.org.uk

Abstract

Paediatric gynaecology is an emerging discipline. Since 2000, there has been an advanced training programme in paediatric gynaecology available for obstetric and gynaecology trainees; additionally, a set of clinical standards1 for the care of paediatric and adolescent patients has been developed by The British Society of Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology (BritSPAG). BritSPAG is a multidisciplinary group of professionals including gynaecologists, paediatricians, paediatric urologists and endocrinologists.

Girls with gynaecological conditions are often seen in general paediatric services; it is important that those assessing them are confident in identifying patients who require more specialist care. Despite this, gynaecology does not appear in the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health curriculum. This article aims to increase the knowledge base and confidence of paediatricians in dealing with common paediatric and adolescent gynaecological conditions.

  • gynaecology
  • vulval disorders
  • endocrinology
  • heavy menstrual bleeding
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  • Funding This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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