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September 1987

Gardnerella vaginalis in Prepubertal Girls

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Pediatrics (Drs Bartley and Rimsza) and Pathology (Mr Morgan), Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix; and the Department of Pediatrics, University of Arizona, Tucson (Drs Bartley and Rimsza).

Am J Dis Child. 1987;141(9):1014-1017. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1987.04460090091036

• A prospective study was estabblished to determine the significance of the isolation of Gardnerella vaginalls from the vagina in prepubertal children. Two hundred fifty-six children were enrolled. Group 1 consisted of 137 children who had been victims of sexual abuse; group 2, forty-eight children with genitourinary complaints and no history of sexual abuse; and group 3, seventy-one children with no genitourinary complaints and no history of sexual abuse. Gardnerella vaginalis was isolated from 20 patients (14.6%) in group 1 and five (4.2%) of 119 control patients from groups 2 and 3. Within group 1, G vaginalls was more likely to be isolated from children with a history of multiple episodes of sexual abuse than those with a single episode. Gardnerella vaginalls was not associated with any other historical, physical, or laboratory findings, including vaginal erythema or vaginal discharge.

(AJDC 1987;141:1014-1017)