Quantitative transcervical uterine cultures with a new device

Robert A. Knuppel, José C. Scerbo, Joann Dzink, George W. Mitchell, Curtis L. Cetrulo, John Bartlett

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This study was initiated to examine the ability of a new device to take transcervical cultures of the endometrial cavity in the normal and postpartum uterus. Quantitative bacteriologic assessments were made. The results show there is a millionfold increase in the mean concentration of bacteria cultured from the infected puerperal uterus when contrasted with cultures from nonpregnant women and those who have just undergone repeat cesarean section. The authors conclude that the new device obtains cultures transcervically with marked reduction in contaminationl; however, some method for quantification of bacterial populations must complement the culture so that results differentiate between colonization and infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-248
Number of pages6
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1981
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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