Bacterial vaginosis


Bacterial vaginosis
A vaginal condition characterized by an abnormal vaginal discharge due to an overgrowth of normal bacteria in the vagina. Women with bacterial vaginosis have fewer of the usual vaginal bacteria, called lactobacilli. Symptoms are the vaginal discharge and sometimes a fishy odor. A sign under the microscope is an unusual vaginal cell called a clue cell. Treatment options for bacterial vaginosis include oral antibiotics and vaginal gels.

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bacterial vag·i·no·sis -.vaj-ə-'nō-səs n vaginitis that is marked by a grayish vaginal discharge usu. of foul odor and that is associated with the presence of a bacterium esp. of the genus Gardnerella (G. vaginalis syn. Haemophilus vaginalis) abbr. BV called also nonspecific vaginitis

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a type of vaginitis characterized by high concentrations of anaerobic bacteria in the vaginal flora, with greatly lowered concentrations of lactobacilli and by increased malodorous (fishy) thin gray vaginal discharge that cannot be attributed to other cause; it is frequently associated with positive cultures for Gardnerella vaginalis or mobiluncus.

Minute basophilic coccobacilli cover the epithelial cells and are present throughout the proteinaceous background in bacterial vaginosis.


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