Diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis in a gynaecology clinic
Article first published online: 19 AUG 2005
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Volume 99, Issue 1, pages 63–66, January 1992
How to Cite
HAY, P. E., TAYLOR-ROBINSON, D. and LAMONT, R. F. (1992), Diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis in a gynaecology clinic. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 99: 63–66. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.1992.tb14395.x
- Issue published online: 19 AUG 2005
- Article first published online: 19 AUG 2005
- Received 28 June 1991 Accepted 25 September 1991
Objective To estimate the prevalence of bacterial vaginosis in women referred to a gynaecology clinic, and to compare two methods of diagnosing bacterial vaginosis.
Setting Gynaecology Clinic at Northwick Park Hospital
Subjects 114 women aged 16 to 65 referred consecutively to the gynaecology clinic of one consultant.
Main outcome measures Detection of bacterial vaginosis by standard compound criteria and by examination of a Gram stained smear of fluid from the posterior vaginal fornix.
Results Bacterial vaginosis was detected by both the Gram stain and the compound criteria in 13 women. There was no correlation between the symptom of vaginal discharge and the diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis in this population, but the presence of discharge noted by the clinician was associated with bacterial vaginosis.
Conclusions The prevalence of bacterial vaginosis was 11%. The Gram stain provides a simple and inexpensive method for laboratory confirmation of bacterial vaginosis where facilities for using the compound criteria are not available.