How is bacterial vaginosis (BV) diagnosed in postoperative patients?

Updated: Oct 25, 2018
  • Author: Philippe H Girerd, MD; Chief Editor: Michel E Rivlin, MD  more...
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Inpatient care is not necessary for patients with bacterial vaginosis.

Obtain cultures of blood and infected tissue (if feasible) from inpatients who develop obstetric/gynecologic postoperative fever or signs of infection to try to elucidate the infectious etiologic organism. Blood cultures may not demonstrate growth of Gardnerella vaginalis unless gelatin is added to the media to prevent inhibition from the anticoagulant, sodium polyethanol sulfonate (SPS).

Surgery is not indicated for bacterial vaginosis.


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