|Year : 2002 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 37-39
Comparison of PCR method with the culture method for identification of gonococci from endocervical swabs
A Alam, Md RA Miah, M Rahman, H Sattar, AA Saleh
Department of Microbiology, MAG Osmani Medical College, Sylhet, Bangladesh
Gonococcal infection remains still a major cause of morbidity among sexually active individuals. Diagnosis of the infection in a female case is more difficult than that in a male. This was a prospective study among 269 female commercial sex workers (CSWs) to screen them for gonococcal infection, comparing the rapid method of identification of gonococci by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) with the selective culture method. A total of 92 (34.2%) CSWs were identified positive for Neisseria gonorrhoeae by combination of the two methods. The PCR method identified 87 of the specimens to harbour cppB gene of N. gonorrhoeae, whereas culture method identified 83 specimens showing colonies of gonococci. Taking into consideration of the total positive cases (92), the PCR method showed a sensitivity of 94.57%, whereas sensitivity of culture method was 90.22%. The selective culture method appears to be the most applicable in the identification of gonococci from clinical specimens, particularly in the less resourceful countries like Bangladesh.
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