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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم. Genital Culture. 2013-2014. Diagnostic Medical Microbiology-Laboratory Manual. Genital Culture. Genital culture

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genital culture

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Genital Culture


Diagnostic Medical Microbiology-Laboratory Manual

genital culture1
Genital Culture
  • Genital culture
  • Is the use of enrichment and selective media to isolate and identify organisms that cause genital infections such as Urethritis, Cervicitis, Endometritis, Prostatitis, Vaginitis and salpingitis (Fallopian tubes infection).
  • A genital culture allows the organisms present in the genital to grow to levels enabling identification.
  • Type of specimen:
  • Swab of vagina, cervix discharge, aspirated endocervical, endometrial, prostatic fluid, or urethral discharge.
pre specimen processing
Pre specimen processing

Who is authorized to order the test


Time relapse before processing the sample

According to the type of swab ( recommended within 30 min).


Maintain specimen swab at room temperature. Do not refrigerate.

Quantity of specimen

Sufficient amount on swab or aspiration.

v aginitis
  • Inflammation of the vaginal mucosa called vaginitis.
  • Women who present with vaginal symptoms often complain of an abnormal discharge and possibly other symptoms such as offensive odor and itching.
  • The three most common cause of vaginitis in premenopausal women are vaginal candidiasis, bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis.
  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • BV is caused by an imbalance of naturally occurring bacterial flora of vagina.

Bacterial Vaginosis

  • Non-cultural diagnosis can be made by detection at least three of the following four characteristics:
  • Thin, homogeneous discharge adhering to the vaginal wall.
  • pH greater than 4.5.
  • odor intensified on addition of 10% potassium hydroxide.
  • Presence of clue cells by microscopic examination of the discharge.
bacterial vaginosis
Bacterial Vaginosis
  • A Whiff test Several drops of 10 % a potassium hydroxide (KOH) solution may also be added to a sample of the vaginal discharge to test for any resultant strong fishy (amine) odor from the mix, which would indicate bacterial vaginosis.
  • pH measuring by using litmus papers, Normal vaginal pH is between 3.8-4.5 pH.
at least 10 20 high power 1000 oil immersion fields are counted and an average determined
At least 10–20 high power (1000× oil immersion) fields are counted and an average determined.
clue cells
Clue cells
  • Clue cells are vaginal squamous epithelial cells coated with coccobacilli gram variable Gardnerellavaginalisadhering to their surface and sometimes obscuring their borders.
  • Clue cells indicate bacterial vaginosis.
  • Mix a drop of vaginal fluid with a drop of saline on a glass slide.
  • Place a coverslip over the suspension and examine the preparation microscopically at x 400 magnification.
  • Clue cells are squamous epithelial cells covered with many small coccobacillary organisms ,giving a stippled, granular aspect the edges of these epithelia cells are not clearly defined , owing to the large number of bacteria present .
candidiasis or candida vaginitis
Candidiasis or Candida Vaginitis
  • Diagnosis is confirmed either by a simple wet mount, or better, a 10% potassium hydroxide wet mount microscopy and culture.
  • Candida albicans is the major cause accounting for 85% of the isolates.
wet mount and koh smear
Wet mount and KOH smear

KOH slide A sample of the vaginal discharge is placed on a slide and mixed with a solution of 10% potassium hydroxide (KOH). The KOH kills bacteria and cells from the vagina, leaving only yeast for easier detection of a yeast infection.

sabouraud dextrose agar
Sabouraud Dextrose agar


Digest of casein.

Digest of animal tissue.

Dextrose. 4 %

Agar 1.5 %

Final pH 5.6 ± 0.2 at25°C

Sabouraud Dextrose agar is used for the isolation, cultivation, and maintenance of saprophytic and pathogenic fungi.

It supplies peptone as the protein source and dextrose as the carbohydrate source for nourishment .

Bacterial suppression occur due to the low pH (5.6) pH.

Note: chloramphenicol may use to inhibit growth of bacteria.

candida albicans on sab agar
Candida albicans on Sab. agar
  • Candida appears as large, round, white or cream (albicans is from latin meaning 'whitish') colonies with a yeasty odor on agar plates.
thayer martin agar
Thayer - Martin agar
  • Chocolate agar has been modified to be selective for Neisseria gonorrhoeaeand Neisseria meningitidisby the addition of antibiotics, (V-C-N inhibitor) including:
  • Colistin: to inhibit most gram negative bacteria other than Neiseria.
  • Vancomycin: to inhibit most gram positive bacteria.
  • Nystatin or anisomycin :to inhibit yeast.
  • Modified Thayer - Martain agar includes trimethoprim to inhibit Proteus.
neisseria gonorrhoeae
Neisseria gonorrhoeae

Typical colonial morphology on Thayer-Martin Selective Agar of Neisseria gonorrhoeae .... Small, grayish-white to colorless, mucoid

jembec plate
Jembec plate

In the JEMBEC system, a tablet consisting of a mixture of citric acid and sodium bicarbonate is placed in a well within the plate and is activated by the moisture (humidity) produced by the culture medium within the sealed plastic bag. The CO2 levels generated are sufficient for the growth of Neisseria gonorrhoeae on the selective medium provided with the system


Chlamydia trachomatis

With Giema stain

With Iodine stain

Giemsa stain of Chlamydia inclusion bodies (purple "caps" on epithelial cell).

post specimen processing
Post specimen processing
  • Interfering factors:
  • Patient on antibiotic therapy.
  • Improper sample collection.
  • Result reporting:
  • Report Gram stain finding as an initial report.
  • Report the isolated and its sensitivity pattern as a final report.
  • Turn around time:
  • Gram stain result should be available half hour after specimen receipt.
  • Isolation of a possible pathogen can be expected after 2-3 days.
  • Negative culture will be reported out 1-2 days after the receipt of the specimen.


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