Vulva

Dr Daniel J Bell et al.

The vulva (or pudendum) is the collective term given to the female external genitalia.

The vulva consists of the:

Individual component structures of the vulva (apart for the mons pubis and labia majora +/- labia minora) can be difficult to distinguish on cross-sectional imaging, especially on CT where soft tissue contrast is poor. Fortunately the location of the vulva means that physical examination is generally sufficient. 

Ultrasound is usually the first-line modality when imaging is required, with judicious adjunct use of MRI.

    Vulva is Latin for the same, from earlier term volva, meaning uterus. 

    Anatomy: Abdominopelvic
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    rID: 61095
    Section: Anatomy
    Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
    • Female external genitalia
    • Pudenda
    • Vulvas
    • Pudendum
    • Vulvae

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