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Urinary and Genital Disorders (Children)

Neisseria

08/25/2009

Question:

Is it possible to have intracellular and extracellular diplococci as normal flora in a 3 year old child`s vagina? Thank you.

Answer:

This is a difficult question. It is unclear why a vaginal specimen was obtained in a 3-year-old girl in the first place. It also depends on the specific case. I would consult a specialist at the institution where the cultures were obtained.

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Response by:

Jack S Elder, MD, FACS, FAAP Jack S Elder, MD, FACS, FAAP
Clinical Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University