Case Report| Volume 32, ISSUE 2, P186-188, April 2019

Case Report: Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder in an Adolescent Woman

  • Kelly A. Curran
    Address correspondence to: Kelly A. Curran, MD, MA, Section of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 1200 Children's Avenue, Suite 12204, Oklahoma City, OK 73104; Phone: (405) 271-6372
    Section of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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      After several visits with unrelated complaints, a 16-year-old female patient disclosed symptoms of unwanted genital arousal and was diagnosed with persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD).


      A 16-year-old female patient with history of depression, sexual abuse, and dysmenorrhea insistently requested etonogestrel rod removal. At 2 visits after implant removal, the patient disclosed the reason for her insistence: PGAD symptoms developed after implant insertion, although they worsened with removal. Chart review revealed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor discontinuation before symptom onset. Normalization of sexual arousal occurred with counseling, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor treatment, and hormonal contraception.

      Summary and Conclusion

      This case highlights the importance of clinician recognition of PGAD symptoms, which adolescents might not openly disclose. Clinicians must nonjudgmentally collect medication history and sexual history, including sexual arousal and satisfaction, to make this diagnosis.

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