[Bacterial vaginosis]

Enferm Infecc Microbiol Clin. 2016 Jul;34 Suppl 3:14-8. doi: 10.1016/S0213-005X(16)30214-2.
[Article in Spanish]

Abstract

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the main cause of vaginal dysbacteriosis in the women during the reproductive age. It is an entity in which many studies have focused for years and which is still open for discussion topics. This is due to the diversity of microorganisms that cause it and therefore, its difficult treatment. Bacterial vaginosis is probably the result of vaginal colonization by complex bacterial communities, many of them non-cultivable and with interdependent metabolism where anaerobic populations most likely play an important role in its pathogenesis. The main symptoms are an increase of vaginal discharge and the unpleasant smell of it. It can lead to serious consequences for women, such as an increased risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections including human immunodeficiency virus and upper genital tract and pregnancy complications. Gram stain is the gold standard for microbiological diagnosis of BV, but can also be diagnosed using the Amsel clinical criteria. It should not be considered a sexually transmitted disease but it is highly related to sex. Recurrence is the main problem of medical treatment. Apart from BV, there are other dysbacteriosis less characterized like aerobic vaginitis of which further studies are coming slowly but are achieving more attention and consensus among specialists.

Keywords: Bacterial vaginosis; Disbacteriosis; Dysbacteriosis; Gardnerella vaginalis; Vaginosis bacteriana.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / microbiology
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Bacterial
  • Vaginal Discharge / microbiology
  • Vaginosis, Bacterial / complications
  • Vaginosis, Bacterial / microbiology*