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Gardneralla Vaginalis Screen


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Gardneralla Vaginalis Screen

Gardnerella vaginalis is found in the genital tract and rectum of humans. Gardnerella vaginalis is associated with bacterial vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis is a syndrome which may be sexually transmitted or as a result of vaginal colonization by rectal organisms. It is characterized by an excessive, malodorous (“fishy”) vaginal discharge associated with a significant increase in the number of Gardnerella vaginalis and various obligate anaerobes, mainly Bacteroides sp. and Peptococcus sp. and a decrease in the number of vaginal lactobacillus. Although Gardnerella vaginalis is found consistently and in high numbers in women with bacterial vaginosis, the organism can also be isolated from up to 69% of reproductive age of healthy women. The pathogenesis of bacterial vaginosis is still unclear. It appears that some unidentified factor(s) lead to conditions, which disrupt the interaction between Gardnerella vaginalis and certain anaerobes, resulting in an increase in the number of Gardnerella vaginalis.

Gardnerella vaginalis is a common blood isolate in postpartum and postabortal fever. It can cause septicemia and soft tissue infection in neonates.

Although male partners of women with bacterial vaginosis can be found to harbor the organism in the genital tract, it does not seem to cause symptoms in males.

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