What is the role of gram stain smear in the diagnosis of gonorrhea in females?

Updated: Sep 07, 2018
  • Author: Brian Wong, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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In women with positive cervical culture results, the Gram stain results from the endocervix are 50-60% sensitive and 82-97% specific. In addition, the presence of more than 10 PMNs per high-power field on an endocervical smear is consistent with cervicitis. In women who lack a cervix because of hysterectomy, use urethral culture to make the diagnosis.


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