Archives of gynecology

, Volume 231, Issue 3, pp 247–252

Vaginal organisms in prepubertal children with and without vulvovaginitis

A vaginoscopic study
  • G. J. Gerstner
  • W. Grünberger
  • E. Boschitsch
  • M. Rotter
Original Papers

DOI: 10.1007/BF02110125

Cite this article as:
Gerstner, G.J., Grünberger, W., Boschitsch, E. et al. Arch. Gynecol. (1982) 231: 247. doi:10.1007/BF02110125
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Summary

In a prospective clinical and microbiological study covering 67 prepubertal children the vaginal flora of 31 asymptomatic children was compared to 36 children suffering from abnormal vaginal discharge and/or vulvovaginitis. Vaginoscopy was employed to obtain bacteriological specimens without contamination. Swabs were inoculated into prereduced transportmedia (PORT A CUL, BBL) and cultured aerobically and anaerobically. The most prevalent aerobic organisms were Staphylococcus epidermidis, Enterococci and Escherichia coli; the predominant anaerobic bacteria were Peptococcus and Peptostreptococcus, Veillonella parvula, Eubacteria, Propionibacterium and Bacteroides species. A similar microbiological pattern was found in both groups, although anaerobes, like Peptococci and Peptostreptococci and Bacteroides species, as well as yeasts, like Candida albicans were significantly more frequent in the group with signs and symptoms. Lactobacilli were less common in this group.

Key words

Prepubertal girls Vaginal microflora Vulvovaginitis Vaginal discharge Vaginoscopy 

Copyright information

© J. F. Bergmann Verlag 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. J. Gerstner
    • 1
  • W. Grünberger
    • 1
  • E. Boschitsch
    • 1
  • M. Rotter
    • 2
  1. 1.I. Univ.-Frauenklinik (Director: Prof. Dr. E. Gitsch)WienAustria
  2. 2.Abt. für Bakteriologie (Director: Prof. Dr. M. Rotter) des Instituts für Hygiene (Director: Prof. Dr. H. Flamm) der Universität WienWienAustria

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