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Detection of Candida species by PCR in self-collected vaginal swabs of women after taking antibiotics

Sepehr N Tabrizi, Marie V Pirotta, Elice Rudland, Suzanne M Garland



Women undergoing antibiotic treatment can develop vulvovaginal candidiasis. This study evaluated polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for the detection of Candida species in comparison with the conventional laboratory culture methods in samples from women with and without symptoms of postantibiotic candidiasis. The self-collected vaginal swabs from 90 women, with no recent symptoms of vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC), who were prescribed antibiotics for non-genital infection were evaluated 8 days after completion of antibiotics and/or at the time of developing symptoms of VVC. Broad-spectrum fungal PCR was performed on extracted DNA from each sample. Overall PCR detected four additional Canidida al..

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