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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 170-172

Prevalence of genital mycoplasmas in pregnant women

Department of Microbiology Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221 605, India

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Department of Microbiology Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221 605
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ABSTRACT: The present study was carried out to determine the prevalence of genital mycoplasmas in 235 pregnant women attending the antenatal clinic and 50 non-pregnant controls attending the family planning clinic at Varanasi. Mycoplasmas were recovered from 75.3 percent pregnant women , of which 23.4 percent were positive for M.hominis, 69.8 percent for U.urealyticum and 17.9 percent for both. Whereas, in the control group, mycoplasmas were isolated from 64.0 percent women, of which 30.0 percent had M.hominis, 52.0 percent had U.urealyticum and 18.0 percent had both. M.hominis was isolated usually in association with U.urealyticum in both groups of women. M.fermentans and M.genitalium were not isolated. U.urealyticum was isolated at a significantly higher rate from pregnant than non-pregnant women. Further, there was no significant association observed between prevalence of M.hominis or U.urealyticum with sampling site, age, parity, gestation, height and weight of the women.

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