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Original Research Article

Year: 2018 | Month: September | Volume: 8 | Issue: 9 | Pages: 43-46

Prevalence of Asymptomatic and Symptomatic Vulvovaginal Candidiasis among Pregnant Women Attending Hospitals in Vellore District, Tamilnadu, South India

Dr. K. Kavitha1, Dr. R. Rajesh Kumar2, Dr. G. Selvakumar3, Dr. T. Sathiamoorthi3

1Department of Microbiology, Madras Christian College (Autonomous), Tambaram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600059, INDIA
2Department of Biotechnology, St. Joseph University, Dimapur, Nagaland 797115, INDIA
3Department of Microbiology, Alagappa University, Karaikudi 630003, Tamilnadu, INDIA

Corresponding Author: Dr. K. Kavitha


The aim of our study was to assess the prevalence of candidiasis among pregnant women with symptoms and without symptoms attending Government Hospitals in Vellore district, Tamilnadu. Studies have shown that women are more prone to infection of Candida during their pregnancy due to various factors in different age groups. All vaginal swabs were examined by conventional and automated VITEK method. A total of 210 samples were collected from different age groups (20 -39 years) pregnant women irrespective of asymptomatic or symptomatic. Out of 210, 168 samples showed positive for vaginal candidiasis. Among 168 samples 75 samples were collected from Asymptomatic samples were colic pregnant women which showed positive for 58 (77%) and 17 (23%) as negative. And 135 samples from symptomatic showed positive for 110(81%) and negative for 25 (19%). Distribution was also done among age groups (20-39 years) for both symptomatic and asymptomatic pregnant women. This study concludes that vulvovaginal candidiasis was more common in pregnant women based on age groups.

Key words: Vulvovaginal candidiasis, Pregnancy, Asymptomatic, Symptomatic

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