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Description:Under a relatively-low magnification of 63X, this Gram-stained photomicrograph of a vaginal specimen revealed the presence of squamous epithelial cells, polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNs), or white blood cells (WBCs), and numerous Gram-positive bacilli, or rods.
Vaginal specimens are reviewed for many reasons including the Pap test, tests for STDs such as human papilloma virus (HPV) and Chlamydia trachomatis , as well as others. The vagina is normally home to a number of bacterial organisms, referred to as vaginal microbiota, or vaginal microflora, composed primarily of rod-shaped Lactobacillus spp., as well as others.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Dr. Mike Miller
Creation Date:1982
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Links:CDC – National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; Division of Cancer Prevention and Control; Gynecologic Cancers: Cervical Cancer Screening
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