Reproducibility of the diagnosis of cervicitis in pregnancy

John T. Repke, Linda Berlin, Michael Spence, Janet Horn, Jennifer Niebyl, Sukon Kanchanaraksa, Ellen MacKenzie, Robert Nugent, B. Frank Polk

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Cervicitis has been associated with several infections of the female genital tract. Criteria have been established for making the diagnosis of cervicitis in gynecologic populations but there are no well-established criteria for diagnosing cervicitis in obstetrical populations. Because of the association of the cervicitis and sexually transmitted diseases, and because of the association of sexually transmitted diseases and adverse pregnancy outcome, the present study was undertaken in an attempt to establish criteria for the diagnosis of cervicitis in pregnancy. We also attempted to determine the reproduc-ibility of that diagnosis with respect to intra-and interobserver variability. We concluded that intraobserver variability is improved after specific training has been completed and that interobserver variability may be reduced to an acceptable level. On a public health scale, this may allow for identification of a population at high risk for adverse pregnancy outcome when sophisticated microbiologic techniques are unavailable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)242-246
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Perinatology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1988

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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