How Reliable Is Microscopy and Culture for the Diagnosis of Gonorrhea? An 11-Year Experience from INDIA

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Abstract

Positivity of microscopy and culture was greater (P < 0.0001) in men with urethral discharge syndrome (65.8%) than in women with vaginal/cervical discharge (0.5%), indicating that basic diagnostic tests may not be cost-effective for diagnosis of vaginal/cervical discharge syndrome. Microscopy when compared with culture showed sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value of 95.4%, 77.6%, 84.6%, and 95.3%, in men, whereas in women, it was 77.8%, 99.9%, 92.1%, and 99.9%, respectively.

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