Korean J Infect Dis.  1998 Oct;30(5):426-430.

Detection for Chlamydia trachomatis by Vidas Chlamydia Test and Direct Smear

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Obstetrics, Inha University, Inchon.
  • 2Department of Gynecology, College of Medicine, Inha University, Inchon.
  • 3Department of Clinical Pathology, Gyungsang Institute of Cancer Research.
  • 4Department of Histological Pathology, College of Medicine, Gyeongsang National University, Chinju, Korea.

Abstract

BACKGROUND
Because Chlamydia trachomatis infection is the most frequent etiological agent in sexually transmitted diseases, accurate diagnostic methods are essential. The enzyme-linked fluorescence assay and Papanicolaou smear were evaluated for detection of C. trachomatis in patients with vaginitis.
METHODS
Endocervical swabs from 78 women with symptoms of vaginal discharge, itching or lower abdominal pain in the obstetrics/gynecology department of Gyeongsang National University Hospital were tested by Vidas Chlamydia assay. Slides were stained with Papanicolaou and Giemsa stain to demonstrate inclusion body.
RESULTS
Five (6.4%) of 78 endocervical specimens were positive by Vidas Chlamydia assay. Only one case was positve for C. trachomatis with Papanicolaou stain. We could not detect any C. trachomatis by Giemsa stain.
CONCLUSION
The Vidas Chlamydia test allows sensitive and high-volume testing for chlamydiae and could be useful for the diagnosis of infection with C. trachomatis in patients with vaginitis and pelvic inflammatory disease.

Keyword

Chlamydia trachomatis; Vidas Chlamydia test; Papanicolaou stain
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