Wet Smear and KOH Preparation

CHAPTER 160 Wet Smear and KOH Preparation

Abnormal vaginal discharge is a common complaint. In fact, vaginitis is the most common gynecologic diagnosis in primary care. Vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC), bacterial vaginosis (BV), and trichomoniasis (trich) account for over 90% of abnormal vulvovaginal symptoms and discharge. Frequently, several pathogens may coexist. Office-based wet smear, potassium hydroxide (KOH) preparation, and vaginal secretion pH should be used to ensure a more accurate diagnosis and effective treatment of vaginitis. Empiric treatment for vulvovaginal symptoms including vaginal discharge should be avoided until appropriate testing is performed making a specific diagnosis.


May 14, 2017 | Posted by in GENERAL & FAMILY MEDICINE | Comments Off on Wet Smear and KOH Preparation

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