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Prevalence of Gardnerella vaginalis in prepubertal males.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9811287     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To determine the rate of occurrence of Gardnerella vaginalis in the genital tract and rectum of the asymptomatic prepubertal boy and to examine the effect of circumcision on the rate of recovery. DESIGN: A prospective survey design was used. Cultures for G vaginalis were obtained from the urethral meatus, surrounding glans, and rectum of prepubertal boys. Boys who had a history of sexual abuse, current urogenital symptoms, or who had taken antibiotics in the preceding 2 weeks were excluded from this study. SETTING: The study was conducted in ambulatory clinical settings at a children's hospital within a major medical center that serves as a statewide referral center. PARTICIPANTS: A group of 99 circumcised and uncircumcised prepubertal boys participated in the study. The participants ranged in age from 1 month to 7 years 4 months. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Results of cultures for G vaginalis. RESULTS: No cultures were positive for G vaginalis from the urethra, glans, or rectum in any of the participants in this study. CONCLUSIONS: The findings of this study provide preliminary evidence that G vaginalis is not an organism that commonly colonizes the urogenital or gastrointestinal tract in asymptomatic prepubertal boys. Based on these findings, it does not seem prudent to apply the concept of asymptomatic colonization to prepubertal boys unless further studies refute these findings.
N G Wahl; M A Castilla; K Lewis-Abney
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine     Volume:  152     ISSN:  1072-4710     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med     Publication Date:  1998 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-11-23     Completed Date:  1998-11-23     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9422751     Medline TA:  Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1095-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
University of Mississippi Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics, Jackson 39216-4505, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Case-Control Studies
Child Abuse, Sexual
Child, Preschool
Circumcision, Male
Gardnerella vaginalis / isolation & purification*
Genitalia, Male / microbiology*
Prospective Studies
Rectum / microbiology*
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Bacterial / microbiology
Toilet Training

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