Tuesday, 28 September 2010

MRCP revision battle 23.4: Trichomonas vaginalis

Trichomonas vaginalis is an anaerobic protozoan that is transmitted sexually.

It needs an alkaline pH to thrive.

It can cause:
  • thin, grey, fishy discharge
  • itchiness
  • dysparenia
  • dysuria

As it inflames the endothelium it increases an individual's susceptibility to other sexually transmitted infections.

Treatment is with metronidazole.

Now on to atrial septal defects...