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gram positive cocci in chains and clusters

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Dr. Ralph Boling
39 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
If pain or discharge: could be a sign of vaginitis, if no symptoms of discharge or irritation, can be a mild infection

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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
15 years experience Internal Medicine
Inflammation: A sputum gram stain/ culture that demonstrates what you mention suggests that there is no "pathologic" bacteria, or disease causing bacteria but somet ... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Culture/Gram's stain: Depends upon whether these were from the culture or the stain of some clinical material, where the culture was obtained from, and why. This may be an ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nestor Del rosario
34 years experience Addiction Medicine
Not positive: The gonococcus is usually an intracellular organism, and it is a gram-negative diplococcus.
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A male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
Sputum gram stain: Sputum gram stain testing is not done nearly as often as it once was, since we now know it usually isn't very helpful in diagnosis. The white blood ce ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Should never happen: You should never have gram positive cocci in clusters in your blood. In fact you should never have any bacteria detectable in your bloodstream.
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Dr. Laura McMullen
21 years experience Pediatrics
I : I think you may be referring to streptococcus pyogenes which has been dubbed the "flesh-eating bacteria" by the media. This bacteria can cause necrot ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Batt
9 years experience Emergency Medicine
No: Gonorrhea is a gram negative diplococci.
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katharine Cox
45 years experience Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Sputum: Sputum gram stain and cultures are generally not useful. Why was yours done? A culture/gram stain done from another source may be better.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vitaliy Krol
19 years experience Infectious Disease
Prostatitis: MSSA Prostatitis is vey uncommon. Need to know sensitivities. In general mssa is sensitive to multiple antibiotics including penicillin derivatives. B ... Read More

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