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A comparative evaluation of vaginal, cervical and peritoneal flora in normal, healthy women: a preliminary report.
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PMID:  10328022     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Twelve healthy women undergoing laparoscopic tubal sterilization were studied. Specimens were obtained for culture of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, Mycoplasma hominis, Ureaplasma urealyticum, and Chlamydia trachomatis. The sites cultured included cul-de-sac (through a laparoscope), cul-de-sac (by transvaginal culdocentesis), the vaginal wall, and the endocervical canal. Anaerobic bacteria were isolated from the peritoneal cavity of three (25%) of the subjects. These isolates included B. melaninogenicus from two specimens obtained by laparoscope from the peritoneal cavity and from two peritoneal specimens obtained by culdocentesis. The data suggest that the peritoneal cavity of normal healthy women is not always sterile. We did not encounter contamination of transvaginal culdocentesis specimens with vaginal flora.
M R Spence; L J Blanco; J Patel; M T Brockman
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Sexually transmitted diseases     Volume:  9     ISSN:  0148-5717     ISO Abbreviation:  Sex Transm Dis     Publication Date:    1982 Jan-Mar
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-06-07     Completed Date:  1999-06-07     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7705941     Medline TA:  Sex Transm Dis     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  37-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland 21205, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Bacteria / isolation & purification*
Cervix Uteri / microbiology*
Peritoneum / microbiology*
Reference Values
Vagina / microbiology*

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