Clinical and microbiological features of Haemophilus influenzae vulvovaginitis in young girls

R. A. Cox*, Mary Slack

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Abstract

Aims: To define the clinical and microbiological features of vulvovaginitis in prepubertal girls whose genital swabs yielded Haemophilus influenzae. Methods: Laboratory based study and retrospective collection of clinical data from the requesting doctors. Results: Thirty eight isolates of non-capsulate Haemophilus influenzae and one of H parainfluenzae were isolated from 32 girls aged 18 months to 11 years. No other pathogens, such as β haemolytic streptococci or yeasts, were present with H influenzae. The most common biotype was biotype II, comprising 57% of the 26 isolates biotyped. Six children had more than one episode of vulvovaginitis caused by H influenzae and a total of 14 children had recurrent vaginal symptoms. Conclusion: Children who have H influenzae vulvovaginitis are at risk of recurrent symptoms. Biotype II is the one most commonly associated with this condition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)961-964
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Pathology
Volume55
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2002

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