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Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2010, Article ID 504972, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/504972
Research Article

Easiness of Use and Validity Testing of VS-SENSE Device for Detection of Abnormal Vaginal Flora and Bacterial Vaginosis

1Femicare Clinical Research for Women, Lombardstraat 28, 3300 Tienen, Belgium
2Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Regional Hospital H Hart, Kliniekstraat 45, 3300 Tienen, Belgium
3Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Hospital Gasthuisberg, Herestraat 49, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
4Department of Pathology, Botucatu Medical School, São Paulo State University, Rubiao Jr. District, 18618-970 Botucatu, SP, Brazil

Received 29 March 2010; Revised 2 June 2010; Accepted 1 July 2010

Academic Editor: Ronald H. Gray

Copyright © 2010 Gilbert G. G. Donders et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Accessing vaginal pH is fundamental during gynaecological visit for the detection of abnormal vaginal flora (AVF), but use of pH strips may be time-consuming and difficult to interpret. The aim of this study was to evaluate the VS-SENSE test (Common Sense Ltd, Caesarea, Israel) as a tool for the diagnosis of AVF and its correlation with abnormal pH and bacterial vaginosis (BV). The study population consisted of 45 women with vaginal pH 4.5 and 45 women with normal pH. Vaginal samples were evaluated by VS-SENSE test, microscopy and microbiologic cultures. Comparing with pH strips results, VS-SENSE test specificity was 97.8% and sensitivity of 91%. All severe cases of BV and aerobic vaginitis (AV) were detected by the test. Only one case with normal pH had an unclear result. Concluding, VS-SENSE test is easy to perform, and it correlates with increased pH, AVF, and the severe cases of BV and AV.