How are lower genital tract infections diagnosed in women with preterm labor?

Updated: Dec 17, 2018
  • Author: Michael G Ross, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Carl V Smith, MD  more...
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Patients with preterm labor may be assessed for the presence or absence of lower genital tract infection.

  • Sterile speculum examination for ruptured membranes

  • Endocervical sampling for gonorrhea and chlamydia

  • Vaginal fluid pH

  • Wet smear for BV and trichomonal infection if indicated

  • GBS culture

  • Urinalysis and culture (if indicated)

Positive results are treated with appropriate antibiotics.


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