Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology / 2004 / Article

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Volume 12 |Article ID 839762 | https://doi.org/10.1080/10647440410001672139

Nilgun Cerikcioglu, M. Sinan Beksac, "Cytolytic Vaginosis: Misdiagnosed as Candidal Vaginitis", Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 12, Article ID 839762, 4 pages, 2004. https://doi.org/10.1080/10647440410001672139

Cytolytic Vaginosis: Misdiagnosed as Candidal Vaginitis

Received15 Aug 2003
Accepted14 Nov 2003

Abstract

Objectives: In this study, 210 women with vaginal discharge and other symptoms/signs of genital pathology suggestive of vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC) were involved in order to distinguish true VVC and cytolytic vaginosis (CV) cases.Methods: Fungal cultures, 10% potassium hydroxide (KOH) and Gram stained preparations and pH measurements were performed on the vaginal discharge material of each patient.Results: Fifteen patients (7.1%) were diagnosed with cytolytic vaginosis according to their clinical and microbiological findings, including abundant lactobacilli, fragmented epithelial cells and/or free nuclei due to cytolysis, seen in their discharge materials on microscopic examination, but no fungal growth.Conclusions: The results of this study may contribute to the reports in the literature indicating the importance of such disorders, which are generally misdiagnosed as candidiasis.

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