Bartholin’s glands are small mucus-producing glands located on each side of the vaginal opening close to the base of the labia minora.
Bartholinitis may be caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae (GC), Chlamydia trachomatis (CT), or organisms normally present in the vagina resulting in a polymicrobial infection.
Gram stain Gram stain procedure
|Blood Agar (BA)||CO2, 35°C x 48 hours|
|Chocolate Agar (CHOC)||CO2, 35°C x 48 hours|
|Vancomycin-Colistin-Nystatin Agar (VCN)||CO2, 35°C x 72 hours|
|MacConkey Agar (MAC)||O2, 35°C x 48 hours|
- Examine the plates after 24 and 48 hours incubation. VCN at 24, 48 and 72 hours.
- All potential pathogens should be identified.
Report with quantitation the presence of pus cells and organisms.
“No significant growth” or “No growth” and “No Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolated”. If VCN plate is overgrown by swarming Proteus or yeast, report ONLY as “Unable to rule out Neisseria gonorrhoeae due to bacterial/yeast overgrowth.”
Quantitate and report all other significant isolates with appropriate susceptibility results.
“Neisseria gonorrhoeae” isolated (do not quantitate), beta lactamase non-producing or beta-lactamase producing strain. Insert comment “Report has been copied to Medical Officer of Health”.
Telephone all positive GC cultures to floor/ordering Physician.
For all positive GC cultures, a Communicable Disease Report is sent to the Medical Officer of Health and is recorded in the significant isolates log book.
Cumitech 17A, 1993. Laboratory Diagnosis of Female Genital Tract Infections, ASM Press.
LPTP Survey B-9412, Feb. 21, 1995. Microbiology Handling of Female Genital Specimens. A pattern of Practice Survey.