publication . Other literature type . Article . 1991

Reliability of diagnosing bacterial vaginosis is improved by a standardized method of gram stain interpretation.

Nugent, R P; Krohn, M A; Hillier, S L;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Feb 1991
The purpose of the study was to examine intercenter variability in the interpretation of Gram-stained vaginal smears from pregnant women. The intercenter reliability of individual morphotypes identified on the vaginal smear was evaluated by comparing them with those obtained at a standard center. A new scoring system that uses the most reliable morphotypes from the vaginal smear was proposed for diagnosing bacterial vaginosis. This scoring system was compared with the Spiegel criteria for diagnosing bacterial vaginosis. The scoring system (0 to 10) was described as a weighted combination of the following morphotypes: lactobacilli, Gardnerella vaginalis or bacter...
free text keywords: Research Article, Microbiology (medical), Clue cell, Vaginal flora, Nugent score, Gardnerella vaginalis, medicine.disease_cause, medicine, Surgery, medicine.medical_specialty, Gram staining, law.invention, law, business.industry, business, Bacterial vaginosis, medicine.disease, Atopobium vaginae, biology.organism_classification, biology, Obstetrics, Microbiology, Mobiluncus
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