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September 21, 1940


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JAMA. 1940;115(12):1013-1018. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.72810380005011

Basically, leukorrhea is a symptom, not a disease. Subjectively and objectively it is an expression of some underlying disorder, either functional or organic. Though the symptom may arise from a variety of constitutional or systemic conditions, it has its origin, in most instances, in some lesion of the reproductive organs. The symptom may appear at any age, as in infancy, in childhood, in the child bearing period, in the menopausal years and during senescence.

Although leukorrhea may be an accompaniment of many local and systemic diseases, it is a predominant symptom in a particular group of diseases. It must always be borne in mind, however, that leukorrhea may be the symptom which, if properly investigated, will lead to the discovery of more serious lesions, such as neoplasms, syphilis, tuberculosis and a host of other diseases.

The treatment of leukorrhea is no longer palliative but rather therapy is directed at specific