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Highly-cited estimates of the cumulative incidence and recurrence of vulvovaginal candidiasis are inadequately documented

  • Author(s): Rathod, Sujit D
  • Buffler, Patricia A
  • et al.

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http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6874/14/43/
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Abstract

Background

Available literature concerning the epidemiologic or clinical features of vulvovaginal candidiasis commonly reports that: 75% of women will experience an episode of vulvovaginal candidiasis in their lifetimes, 50% of whom will experience at least a second episode, and 5-10% of all women will experience recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis (≥4 episodes/1 year). In this debate we traced the three commonly cited statistics to their presumed origins.

Discussion

It is apparent that these figures were inadequately documented and lacked supporting epidemiologic evidence. Population-based studies are needed to make reliable estimates of the lifetime risk of vulvovaginal candidiasis and the proportion of women who experience recurrent candidiasis.

Summary

The extent to which vulvovaginal candidiasis is a source of population-level morbidity remains uncertain.

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