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Association of genital mycoplasma colonization with low birth weight.
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PMID:  9856315     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: This study was conducted to document the prevalence of maternal genital tract colonization by Ureaplasma urealyticum and Mycoplasma hominis, and to assess its association with low birth weight (LBW) and prematurity. METHODS: The high vaginal swabs of pregnant women in spontaneous labor after 26 weeks of gestation were cultured for U. urealyticum and M. hominis. Clinical details and perinatal outcomes including birth weight and gestation were documented. RESULTS: Of a total of 303 women enrolled, 148 (48.8%) had positive vaginal cultures for U. urealyticum, while only five (1.6%) grew M. hominis. The mean birth weight and the incidences of LBW and preterm neonates among ureaplasma positive and ureaplasma negative mothers were statistically comparable. CONCLUSIONS: U. urealyticum emerged as a common inhabitant of the lower genital tract of women in labor, being present in nearly half of them. Its presence was not a risk factor of LBW or prematurity. Maternal colonization with M. hominis was uncommon.
V K Paul; U Gupta; M Singh; V L Nag; D Takkar; M K Bhan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics     Volume:  63     ISSN:  0020-7292     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Publication Date:  1998 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-03-10     Completed Date:  1999-03-10     Revised Date:  2005-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0210174     Medline TA:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Country:  IRELAND    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  109-14     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pediatrics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Weight
Cohort Studies
Gestational Age
India / epidemiology
Infant, Low Birth Weight*
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature
Infant, Small for Gestational Age
Mycoplasma Infections / complications,  epidemiology*
Mycoplasma hominis / isolation & purification*
Obstetric Labor, Premature / epidemiology*
Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / epidemiology*
Ureaplasma Infections / complications,  epidemiology*
Ureaplasma urealyticum / isolation & purification*
Vagina / microbiology

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