Influence of diabetes on group B Streptococcus colonization in the pregnant patient

K. Raimer, M. J. O'Sullivan

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Abstract

To compare the incidence of group B Streptococcus colonization in diabetic (n = 98) and nondiabetic (n = 101) patients, 199 pregnant women were cultured at the vaginal introitus using a standardized technique. Eight diabetic patients had positive findings for group B Streptococcus cultures, and three nondiabetic patients had positive cultures. No significant difference (P = .109) was found in the group B Streptococcus colonization rates between these two groups of patients. In addition, no significant difference was found in the group B streptococcal colonization rates between gestational and pregestational diabetics (P = .498). A within-group comparison of diabetic patients revealed that ethnicity (Hispanics versus nonhispanics) did generate a significant difference in the rate of colonization (P = .033). The results of the present study suggest that there is no substantial evidence to consider diabetes mellitus as a higher risk criterion for group B Streptococcus screening. However, population differences and ethnicity should be noted as important contributing factors when considering the implementation of group B Streptococcus screening protocols for pregnant women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-123
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 15 1997
Externally publishedYes

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Streptococcus agalactiae
Pregnant Women
Hispanic Americans
Diabetes Mellitus
Incidence
Population

Keywords

  • diabetes mellitus
  • Group B Streptococcus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Influence of diabetes on group B Streptococcus colonization in the pregnant patient. / Raimer, K.; O'Sullivan, M. J.

In: Journal of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Vol. 6, No. 2, 15.04.1997, p. 120-123.

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