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Aerobic Vaginitis

Aerobic vaginitis (AV) is a newly defined clinical entity that is distinct from candidiasis, trichomoniasis and bacterial vaginosis (BV). Because of the poor recognition of AV, this condition can lead to treatment failures and can be associated with severe complications, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, preterm birth and fetal infections. AV is a bacterial infection with vaginal discharge that is often mistaken for bacterial BV. AV is a disruption in the normal vaginal flora characterized by a decrease in Lactobacilli as the predominant species, and an increase in aerobic flora accompanied by malfunctioning white blood cells and high levels of inflammatory biochemicals. In AV, aerobic bacteria such as those frequently found in the intestines, including Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus agalactiae (group B Streptococcus (GBS)), and Enterococcus faecalis are recovered. However, intermediate forms of AV may exist with a mixed flora type.

Available Tests
Aerobic Vaginitis Panel
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Test Information
Organism List: Enterococcus faecalis, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus agalactiae
Clinical Utility: Retrogen offers early & accurate detection, rapid turnaround times, and only requires a single, non-invasive sample collection. Your referring physician will be provided with a detailed, comprehensive report that leads to actionable decisions and forward treatment options.
Method: Retrogen carries out real-time molecular PCR on DNA extracted from vaginal swabs to screen for microorganisms. This quantitative approach uses TaqMan chemistry from Life Technologies to detect pathogen specific gene sequences.
Test ID: #8006
Turn-around Time: 24-48 hours
Preferred Specimen: Vaginal swab
CPT Codes: 87653,87798x2, 87640
Billing Information: View Billing Information
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