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Gynaecologic Tests: Miscellaneous

The table below contains information on some miscellaneous tests used in the evaluation and diagnosis of disorders of the female reproductive system as well as during pregnancy . For information on other types of test used, click here

Miscellaneous laboratory Tests
Test Use
Cervical/uterine/vaginal cultures To detect or identify bacteria in cases of vaginitis or toxic shock syndrome . Fluid obtained with a swab or aspiration needle is sent to a laboratory to be grown in a culture medium.
Urinalysis and culture  
HPV subtyping To screen for the human papillomavirus (HPV) and to determine the particular type if the test is positive. A tissue specimen is obtained during a biopsy or cervical swab (similar to the Pap smear ) and sent to a laboratory for analysis.
Dark-field examination To diagnose syphilis . This is a microscopic technique that is useful when searching for the characteristic bacteria of syphilis. Serum is collected from the surface of a lesion (or chancre ) and examined by dark-field microscopy.
Source: [ 1 ]

The information in this page is presented in summarised form and has been taken from the following source(s):
1. The Yale University School of Medicine Patient's Guide to Medical Tests, Barry L. Zaret M.D., Senior Editor, published by Houghton Mifflin. Online:

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