The purpose of this study was to compare the endocervical microflora of women in preterm and term labour and to determine whether the presence of a specific microflora is significantly associated with preterm labour. A prospective study was performed in Lithuania among 212 women in preterm labour (latent phase, n = 110; active phase, n = 102) and among 62 healthy women in term labour. Microbiological assessment included cultures for aerobic bacteria, yeasts, and Trichomonasvaginalis and direct immunofluorescence reaction for Chlamydiatrachomatis, Escherichiacoli (odds ratio 8.16; 95% confidence interval 1.27–340.23) and Staphylococcusaureus (odds ratio 7.79; 95% confidence interval 1.21-325.40) were significantly more often isolated from women in preterm than from women in term labour. The prevalence of C. trachomatis was the same in the preterm and in the term labour group. The pregnancy outcome during the latent or the active phase of preterm labour with or without C. trachomatis infection did not differ. It is concluded that E. coli and S. aureus are significantly more prevalent in endocervical cultures from Lithuanian women in preterm than from those in term labour.

Copyright / Drug Dosage / Disclaimer
Copyright: All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be translated into other languages, reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, microcopying, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Drug Dosage: The authors and the publisher have exerted every effort to ensure that drug selection and dosage set forth in this text are in accord with current recommendations and practice at the time of publication. However, in view of ongoing research, changes in government regulations, and the constant flow of information relating to drug therapy and drug reactions, the reader is urged to check the package insert for each drug for any changes in indications and dosage and for added warnings and precautions. This is particularly important when the recommended agent is a new and/or infrequently employed drug.
Disclaimer: The statements, opinions and data contained in this publication are solely those of the individual authors and contributors and not of the publishers and the editor(s). The appearance of advertisements or/and product references in the publication is not a warranty, endorsement, or approval of the products or services advertised or of their effectiveness, quality or safety. The publisher and the editor(s) disclaim responsibility for any injury to persons or property resulting from any ideas, methods, instructions or products referred to in the content or advertisements.
You do not currently have access to this content.