Comparison of anal and rectal swabs in the diagnosis of anorectal gonorrhoea in women

Br J Vener Dis. 1979 Jun;55(3):186-7. doi: 10.1136/sti.55.3.186.


Among 228 women with gonorrhoea (confirmed by culture), swabs taken blindly from the anal canal gave positive results in 26.3% and those taken from the rectum under direct vision in 27.6%. Swabs from both sites gave positive results in 23.2% of patients, from the anal canal alone in 3.1%, and from the rectum alone in 4.4%. Thus, culuture of anal canal swabs seems to give as reliable results as rectal swabs when proctoscopy cannot be carried out.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Anal Canal / microbiology*
  • Female
  • Gonorrhea / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae / isolation & purification
  • Rectum / microbiology*
  • Specimen Handling