The author points out that fusion of the labia minora in children is more common than the number of articles on the subject in the literature would suggest. The condition is the result of a sticking together of the epithelial surfaces of the labia rather than a true fusion. The condition is benign and seldom causes any trouble. If the adherent labia are separated. the adhesion tends to recur. As the adhesions disappear spontaneously with maturity or sooner, the author recommends that no treatment should be attempted. It had been common practice to attempt to separate the adherent labia, and frequently this was so painful as to require an anesthetic. Mothers were frequently advised to make frequent inspections thereafter to note any recurrence of the adhesion. This manipulation and undue concern might well have undesirable effects. The author warns against causing alarm in this manner and gives assurance that the condition is benign and self-limited.
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