Chlorhexidine for prevention of neonatal colonization with group B streptococci. II. Chlorhexidine concentrations and recovery of group B streptococci following vaginal washing in pregnant women

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The effect of a single washing of the urogenital tract with 0.5 g/l chlorhexidine was studied in 6 women in weeks 38-40 of pregnancy, among whom 5 were carriers of group B streptococci in urethra and/or cervix. The chlorhexidine concentrations varied between 25 and 200 mg/l during the first hour after washing in 5 of the 6 women, whereas one patient showed concentrations below 25 mg/l. With the exception of one patient, all individuals showed concentrations less than 25 mg/l at 3-24 h after washing. A clear suppression of the number of colony-forming units of GBS was already apparent after 60 min and was still evident 6 h after chlorhexidine washing.


Research areas and keywords

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  • Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine


  • group B streptococci, Chlorhexidine, vaginal colonization
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-172
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1983
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Division of Nursing (Closed 2012) (013065000), Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Lund) (013018000), Division of Medical Microbiology (013250400)