Jun 29, 2010, 08:42 AM
I am a 21 year old female. I have been diagnosed to have cervicovaginitis (with benign cellular changes and reactive cellular changes associated with inflammation). Moderate inflammation with plenty of D. bacilli.Can I know more about my condition?
Jun 29, 2010, 09:13 AM
This is an informative site: Colposcopy and Treatment of Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia: A Beginner's Manual (http://screening.iarc.fr/colpochap.php?lang=1&chap=9)
Jun 29, 2010, 09:33 AM
Judy, that is a very good website, especially including these two articles which relate directly to the OP's condition. However, OP should go to her doctor with any questions relating to her condition, because according to these two articles, it indicates surgeries are usually needed to take out some of the necrotic tissue. I don't like the sound of D. bacilli (a large bacteria) which is a condition only seen in women in warmer climates.
My advice, seeing as OP is already diagnosed and indicates she has been to a gyno, that she compile a list of questions over time and visit her specialist again to discuss her further treatment and how this condition relates to her general health over time.
Following from above website supplied by JKT:
The term cervicovaginitis refers to inflammation of the squamous epithelium of the vagina and cervix. In cervicovaginitis, the cervical and vaginal mucosa respond to infection with an inflammatory reaction that is characterized by damage to surface cells. This damage leads to desquamation and ulceration, which cause a reduction in the epithelial thickness due to loss of superficial and part of the intermediate layers of cells (which contain glycogen). In the deeper layers, the cells are swollen with infiltration of neutrophils in the intercellular space. The surface of the epithelium is covered by cellular debris and inflammatory mucopurulent secretions. The underlying connective tissue is congested with dilatation of the superficial vessels and with enlarged and dilated stromal papillae.
Cervicitis is the term used to denote the inflammation involving the columnar epithelium of the cervix. It results in congestion of underlying connective tissue, desquamation of cells and ulceration with mucopurulent discharge. If the inflammation persists, the villous structures become flattened, and the grape-like appearance is lost and the mucosa may secrete less mucus.
In both the above conditions, after repeated inflammation and tissue necrosis, the lesions are repaired and necrotic tissue is eliminated. The newly formed epithelium has numerous vessels, and connective tissue proliferation results in fibrosis of varying extent.