Molecular Test for Common Causes of Vaginitis Receives FDA Approval

Molecular Test for Common Causes of Vaginitis Receives FDA Approval

Johns Hopkins researchers report that a molecular diagnostic test accurately distinguishes among the three most common causes of vaginitis, an inflammation of vaginal tissue they say accounts for millions of visits to medical clinics and offices in the U.S. each year. In an article published June 8 in Obstetrics & Gynecology, the investigators said the new assay -- based on the presence of the genetic footprints of bacteria, yeast, and the sexually transmitted protozoa trichomonas -- was as accurate as and more objective than traditional laboratory tests. "Overall, the disease prevalence identified by the traditional and the new molecular methods...

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