What is it about?

This paper reviews the different approaches used to diagnose bacterial vaginosis, a condition brought about by a change in the normal bacterial balance in the vagina.

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Why is it important?

Since not all women with bacterial vaginosis may present with a discharge, it is often not diagnosed. Pregnant mothers who have this condition may develop complications and deliver their babies prematurely.


Different methods of clinical and laboratory diagnosis complicate a comparison of the different studies published. it is important to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the diagnostic methods used in order to reduce the risk for preterm delivery.

Emerita Professor Charlene WJ Africa
University of the Western Cape

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This page is a summary of: Efficacy of methods used for the diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis, Expert Opinion on Medical Diagnostics, January 2013, Informa Healthcare, DOI: 10.1517/17530059.2013.753876.
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