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VHL

Von Hippel-Lindau. See Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome.

Viable

Capable of life. For example, a viable premature baby is one who is able to survive outside the womb.

VWM

Leukoencephalopathy with vanishing white matter, an inherited brain disease that occurs mainly in children. and follows a chronic progressive course with additional episodes of rapid deterioration following stress from febrile infection or minor head trauma. VWM is due to mutations in either of two genes — in either the EIF2B5 gene on chromosome 3q27 or […]

Vulvodynia, essential

A chronic, diffuse, unremitting sensation of burning of the vulva — (the female external genital organs including the labia, clitoris, and entrance to the vagina)– a painful sensation which may extend to the perineum, thigh or buttock and is often associated with discomfort in the urethra and rectum. Vulvodynia means “painful vulva.” Essential vulvodynia occurs […]

Vulvitis, yeast

A yeast infection of the external genital organs of the female (the vulva). The vulva includes the labia, clitoris, and the entrance (the “vestibule”) to the vagina. Yeast vulvitis commonly goes together with yeast vaginitis, infection of the vagina by the fungus known as Candida. The common symptoms are itching, burning, soreness, pain during intercourse […]

Vulvitis

Inflammation of the external genital organs of the female (the vulva). The vulva includes the labia, clitoris, and the entrance (the “vestibule”) to the vagina. A yeast infection of the vulva, for example, is a type of vulvitis.

Vulvar vestibulitis

Inflammation of small glands at the entrance to the vagina. Vulvar vestibulitis is the most common physical cause of painful intercourse in young women. In roughly half of cases, the condition appears due to a rare form of a gene (the interleukin-1 receptor antagonist gene) that regulates inflammation.

Vulvar pain, chronic

Also called essential vulvodynia (literally means “painful vulva”), pain in the vulva, the female external genitalia including the labia, clitoris, and entrance to the vagina. The pain usually is a chronic, diffuse, unremitting sensation of burning which may extend to the perineum, thigh or buttock and is often associated with discomfort in the urethra and […]

Vulvar

Pertaining to the vulva, the female external genitalia including the labia majora, labia minora, clitoris, the tiny glands called Bartolin’s glands, and the entrance to the vagina (the vestibule of the vagina).