The Easter Parade by Richard Yates

By Richard Yates

While little ladies, Sarah and Emily are very various from one another. Emily seems as much as her wiser and extra sturdy older sister and is jealous of her courting with their absent father, and later her likely golden marriage. the trail she chooses for herself is much less secure and traditional and her amorous affairs by no means relatively fulfill her. even though the bond among them endures, steadily the space among the 2 girls grows, until eventually a sad occasion throws their courting into concentration one final time.

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Possible causes of physiological vaginal discharge are: • • • • Vestibular gland secretions. Vaginal transudate. Cervical mucus. Residual menstrual fluid. Don’t forget to reassure the patient that vaginal discharge might simply be physiological, related to the menstrual cycle or to pregnancy. Pathological causes need to be excluded. The differential diagnoses of pathological vaginal discharge are shown in Fig. 1. The most common group is the infections. History to focus on the differential diagnosis of vaginal discharge The patient should be asked about the nature of the discharge.

2 refer to miscarriage. The term ‘miscarriage’ is used in preference to ‘abortion’ which many women will equate with a termination. History for Bleeding/Pain in Early Pregnancy Last menstrual period The first day of the last menstrual period (LMP) will allow you to calculate the gestation. This becomes important when interpreting early pregnancy scans. While an empty uterus on a scan at 7 weeks might indicate an ectopic pregnancy, a small gestation sac with no fetal pole is common at 5 weeks. However, it is important to establish whether the woman is sure of her dates and whether her cycle is regular; if not, the estimated gestation may be wrong.

Inflammation. Ulceration. Foreign bodies. Local tumours. Bimanual pelvic examination will reveal pelvic tumours. It might also elicit tenderness and cervical excitation, suggesting PID. 2 Investigations for vaginal discharge Investigation Cause of discharge • Microbiological swabs (vulval/high vaginal/ endocervical/urethral). • MSU specimen. • Cervical cytology/biopsy. • Endometrial sampling/hysteroscopy. • Pelvic ultrasound scan. • Laparoscopy. 2 shows the relevant investigations for vaginal discharge.

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