Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology
We are the St. Louis region’s only practice dedicated to the special needs of pediatric and adolescent gynecology patients.
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We provide professional care that you can trust to meet the unique medical and surgical gynecologic needs of infants, children, young adolescents and teenagers. While most of our patients are referred in from the greater St. Louis area, it is not unusual for a family to travel hundreds of miles for our specialized care.
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Washington University physicians are the medical staff of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals. Some physicians may see patients at additional locations in the St. Louis region.
Diane F. Merritt, MD
Director, Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology
Fellowship Director, Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology
The physicians at the Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology work closely with referring physicians and other specialists at St. Louis Children’s Hospital to provide a comprehensive program for evaluation, specialized treatment, and follow-up care for infants, children and teens. The conditions we treat include:
- Menstrual periods that are heavy, frequent/infrequent, painful or irregular
- Signs of early or delayed sexual maturation
- Breast abnormalities, including asymmetry or pain
- Unusual genital appearance
- Chronic genital rashes or itching
- Vaginal discharge, drainage or odor
- Ovarian cysts or pelvic masses
- Pelvic endometriosis
- Birth defects or injuries involving the reproductive organs
About gynecologic care for infants and children
Children are generally cared for by their pediatrician or family physician; however, your pediatrician may contact a pediatric gynecologist to assist with difficult or challenging medical conditions. Common reasons children are seen by pediatric gynecologists include vulvar and vagina irritation that will not improve despite hygiene and medications, congenital anomalies of the genitalia, labial adhesions, lichen sclerosus, pelvic masses, and early signs of puberty (breast development) or vaginal bleeding.
Washington University pediatric and adolescent gynecology specialists:
When you call: Have your insurance card ready. Your insurance company may require a referral for your visit. If you have any questions please give us a call.
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For your visit: Remember to bring a set of medical records with any relevant laboratory tests or diagnostic images with you to your appointment.