Gynecologic conditions and bacterial vaginosis: Implications for the non-pregnant patient

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Abstract

Bacterial vaginosis is characterized by a shift from the predominant lactobacillus vaginal flora to an overgrowth of anaerobic bacteria. Bacterial vaginosis is associated with an increased risk of gynecologic complications, including pelvic inflammatory disease, postoperative infection, cervicitis, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and possibly cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN). The obstetrical risks associated with bacterial vaginosis include premature rupture of membraness preterm labor and delivery, chorioamnionitis and postpartum endometritis. Despite the health risks associated with bacterial vaginosis and its high prevalence in women of childbearing age, bacterial vaginosis continues to be largely ignored by clinicians, particularly in asymptomatic women. (C) 2000 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)184-190
Number of pages7
JournalInfectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume8
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Cervical intraepithelial neoplasia
  • Endometritis
  • Gardnerella vaginalis
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Vaginal flora

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Dermatology

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