Mrs. C is a healthy appearing 45-year-old female with a history of stage TIbI cervical cancer diagnosed seven years ago. She is status-post a radical hysterectomy with lymph node dissection. She underwent radiation therapy and received IMRT followed by HDR (High-Dose Rate) intracavity boost radiation to the vagina. During her treatment, she received radiosensitizing Cisplatin.
She has remained free of disease since ending her treatment and has had regular follow-up exams and pap smears, which have all been normal to date. She uses her vaginal dilator without issue three or four times a week for a duration of approximately 20 minutes and has resumed sexual activity without issue. All follow-up imaging has been negative.
The patient is neurologically intact, lungs are clear to auscultation in all fields, heart rate is regular, and her abdomen is soft and non-tender.
Vital signs as follows:
Blood Pressure: 110/75
She presents to the gynecology clinic with persistent vaginal discharge with a foul odor. Vaginal exam reveals a shortened vagina with the presence of radiation changes. There is a moderate amount of thick tan discharge in the vaginal vault with a strong odor. The CRNP decides to order a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis and a barium enema.
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