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Archive for January, 2009

Question: What are the characteristics of trichomoniasis?

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Answer: Trichomoniaisis is an STD caused by a unicellular organism, Trichomonas vaginalis. Women present with pruritus and increased discharge. On exam, the discharge can be copious. The pH is elevated. Examination of the vaginal fluid in a saline preparation under high power (400x) shows the organism. Trichomonads are tear-shaped or ovoid, mobile, and flagellated. They […]

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Question: How is bacterial vaginosis treated?

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Answer: Treatment is with metronidazole or clindamycin orally or vaginally (Flagyl, Metrogel, Cleocin). There is debate as to whether or not BV is sexually transmitted. Treatment of sexual partners is usually reserved for recurrent infections. Bacterial vaginosis has been linked with some poor pregnancy outcomes, including preterm birth. Both metronidazole and clindamycin can be used […]

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