Anaerobic microflora of the vagina in children

M. R. Hammerschlag, S. Alpert, A. B. Onderdonk, P. Thurston, E. Drude, W. M. McCormack, John Bartlett

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Vaginal cultures from 25 healthy girls from two months to 15 years of age were examined for aerobic, facultatively anaerobic, and obligately anaerobic bacteria. An average of 8.7 species (3.7 aerobic and facultatively anaerobic species; 5.3 obligately anaerobic species) were isolated from these cultures. Staphylococcus epidermidis (21), diphtheroids (20), bacteroides (19), peptococci (19), peptostreptococci (14), and Bacteroides melaninogenicus (14) were most prevalent organisms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)853-856
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1978
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Hammerschlag, M. R., Alpert, S., Onderdonk, A. B., Thurston, P., Drude, E., McCormack, W. M., & Bartlett, J. (1978). Anaerobic microflora of the vagina in children. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 131(8), 853-856.