Gardnerella vaginalis in prepubertal girls

Am J Dis Child. 1987 Sep;141(9):1014-7. doi: 10.1001/archpedi.1987.04460090091036.


A prospective study was established to determine the significance of the isolation of Gardnerella vaginalis from the vagina in prepubertal children. Two hundred fifty-six children were enrolled. Group 1 consisted of 137 children who had been victims of sexual abuse; group 2, forty-eight children with genitourinary complaints and no history of sexual abuse; and group 3, seventy-one children with no genitourinary complaints and no history of sexual abuse. Gardnerella vaginalis was isolated from 20 patients (14.6%) in group 1 and five (4.2%) of 119 control patients from groups 2 and 3. Within group 1, G vaginalis was more likely to be isolated from children with a history of multiple episodes of sexual abuse than those with a single episode. Gardnerella vaginalis was not associated with any other historical, physical, or laboratory findings, including vaginal erythema or vaginal discharge.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Gardnerella vaginalis / isolation & purification
  • Haemophilus Infections / diagnosis*
  • Haemophilus Infections / transmission
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Prospective Studies
  • Regression Analysis