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vag culture escherichia coli & enterococcus pos! does this mean i have a fistula i am scared as i have ocd of health issues ?

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Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 54 years experience
Bacterial vag/cult: These bacteria are common findings in vaginal cultures, since the anus is very close to the vagina, and easily cultured if present. A fistula would produce a distinct discharge, and have an odor of feces. This report will just require more attention to hygiene when cleaning up after a bowel movement.

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