Asymptomatic Vaginal Disease in Pregnancy

  • M Notelovitz
  • P Massel
  • W Jones


Asymptomatic Trichomonas vagina/is, candidiasis and Haemophi/us vagina/is were found to affect approximately 20% of women attending an antenatal clinic for the first time. Eight patients (1,4%) had asymptomatic gonorrhoea. Clinical features, such as pruritus and the appearance of a discharge, were frequently misleading, whereas examination of routine Papanicolaou smears enabled the correct diagnosis to be made in most cases. The need for the early recognition and treatment of asymptomatic vaginal disease in pregnancy is commented upon.

S. Afr. Med. J., 48, 803 (1974).

Author Biographies

M Notelovitz
Addington Hospital, Durban
P Massel
Addington Hospital, Durban
W Jones
Addington Hospital, Durban

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eISSN: 2078-5135
print ISSN: 0256-9574