Laboratory: Clinical Microbiology
Test Name:
VAGINAL SWAB, FEMALE (<=12 YEARS OF AGE), CULTURE, AEROBIC BACTERIA
Test Code: None
Clinical Information:
Test Indications:
Symptomatic vaginal discharge (vaginitis) in a pre-pubescent female.

Recommendations:
Testing for bacterial vaginitis by culture is only indicated in pre-pubescent females with symptomatic vaginal discharge or vulvar erythema suggestive of bacterial vaginitis. Vaginitis in pre-pubertal girls may be caused by bacterial pathogens such as Streptococcus pyogenes, Haemophilus influenzae and Staphylococcus aureus, but may also be non-infectious or associated with foreign bodies in the vagina. Consultation with a pediatric gynecologist may be appropriate. For post-pubertal females, see tests for bacterial vaginosis and vaginitis.

Patient Preparation Instructions:
Accurate patient identification must be made prior to sample collection.
Samples and requisitions must be labeled/completed in accordance with the Shared Health Specimen Acceptance Policy. Given the sensitive nature of the sample, careful explanation and parental involvement is important.
Collection Devices:
Preferred Device:
1 - eSwab  - Specimens received in other collection devices will not be processed.
Specimen Required: Vaginal swab (for pre-pubescent children) - see "Vaginitis, Candida" and "Bacterial vaginosis" for post-pubescent children.
Referral:
Requisition:
Reference Values:
A descriptive report will be provided. Only pathogens potentially implicated with bacterial vaginitis will be reported. Presence of bacteria is not necessarily indicative of an infectious process, clinical correlation is required for interpretation.
Availability:
Daily
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More Information:
Specimen Handling:
Submit specimen within 24 hours of collection, store at room temperature. Ensure specimens are sent using appropriate packaging in accordance with Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulation.