Reproducibility of the diagnosis of cervicitis in pregnancy

J. T. Repke, L. Berlin, M. Spence, J. Horn, J. Niebyl, Sukon Kanchanaraksa, Ellen J Mackenzie, R. Nugent, B. F. Polk

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Cervicitis has been associated with several infections of the female genital tract. Criteria have been established for making the diagnosis of cervicitis in gynecologic populations but there are no well-established criteria for diagnosing cervicitis in obstetrical populations. Because of the association of the cervicitis and sexually transmitted diseases, and because of the association of sexually transmitted diseases and adverse pregnancy outcome, the present study was undertaken in an attempt to establish criteria for the diagnosis of cervicitis in pregnancy. We also attempted to determine the reproducibility of that diagnosis with respect to intra- and interobserver variability. We conclude that intraobserver variability is improved after specific training has been completed and that interobserver variability may be reduced to an acceptable level. On a public health scale, this may allow for identification of a population at high risk for adverse pregnancy outcome when sophisticated microbiologic techniques are available.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)242-246
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Perinatology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1988


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Repke, J. T., Berlin, L., Spence, M., Horn, J., Niebyl, J., Kanchanaraksa, S., ... Polk, B. F. (1988). Reproducibility of the diagnosis of cervicitis in pregnancy. American Journal of Perinatology, 5(3), 242-246.