Tampon sampling for diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis: a potentially useful way to detect genital infections?

D. Wilkinson*, N. Ndovela, A. Kharsany, C. Connolly, A. W. Sturm

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Abstract

Genital tract infections are important causes of ill health in developing countries, but diagnosis is difficult. Bacterial vaginosis (BV) was correctly diagnosed by using a vaginal specimen obtained by tampon sampling in 22 of 24 women (91.6%) for whom BV was diagnosed by Gram staining. The yield for other vaginal infections was higher (28% for Trichomonas vaginalis and 32.7% for Candida albicans) than it was for cervical infections (0% for Neisseria gonorrhoeae and 30% for Chlamydia trachomatis). Tampon sampling was acceptable to patients and may facilitate diagnosis of genital infections in developing countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2408-2409
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Volume35
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1997

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