Diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis by direct gram stain of vaginal fluid.

  title={Diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis by direct gram stain of vaginal fluid.},
  author={Carol A. Spiegel and R Amsel and King K. Holmes},
  journal={Journal of clinical microbiology},
  volume={18 1},
To determine whether bacterial vaginosis (BV), also known as nonspecific vaginitis, could be diagnosed by evaluating a Gram stain of vaginal fluid, we examined samples from 60 women of whom 25 had clinical evidence of BV and 35 had candidal vaginitis or normal examinations. An inverse relationship between the quantity of the Lactobacillus morphotype (large gram-positive rods) and of the Gardnerella morphotype (small gram-variable rods) was noted on Gram stain (P less than 0.001). When Gram… CONTINUE READING
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