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Doctor insights on: Group B Streptococcal Infection Amniocentesis Culture Positive For Group B Strep

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Is group b strep contagious?

Is group b strep contagious?

Depends on situation: Its most worrisome problem occurs when it passes from the genital tract of a mother to her newborn during labor or delivery.The resulting exposure may result in a severe infection in the infant. The germ is found normally in the stool, and as such came from ingestion. It is common & seldom causes problems outside that with the newborn. The infected newborn is unlikely to pass it to others. ...Read more

Dr. Monica Popov
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Amniocentesis (Definition)

Amniocentesis is a procedure used to draw a sample of the amniotic fluid that surrounds and cushions the baby in the womb. This fluid contains cells that have been sloughed off of the developing fetus. Amniocentesis is most often used to detect genetic abnormalities, though the results can also reveal the baby's sex, gauge lung maturity (if done close to term), detect amniotic fluid infections, or ...Read more


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How are group a & group b strep throat different?

How are group a & group b strep throat different?

Streptococci A & B: Here is a good article that addresses your question: http://www.Drgreene.Com/articles/streptococcus/. ...Read more

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Would Amoxicillin treat Group B Strep vaginitis or cervicitis?

Would Amoxicillin treat Group B Strep vaginitis or cervicitis?

It's complicated...: Your vaginitis or cervicitis may have another cause, even if you had a positive culture for GBS. This usually causes genital symptoms. GBS can cause other serious problems, like urinary tract infection, transission to baby during delivery if pregnant, and rarely bloodstream infection (sepsis). Amoxicillin is always active against GBS; persisting symptoms is evidence GBS isn't the cause. ...Read more

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Is the group strep b bacteria present from vaginal swab only?

U can get: Beat strep in the urine , vagina or from the rectum, in the us when we do a beta strep culture at 34-36 weeks we test the vagina and rectum. ...Read more

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What are the tests for group b streptococcal infection?

Culture: Swab taken for culture specifically for gbs. ...Read more

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How is gbs (group b strep.) contracted?

Common hitch hiker: Group b strep is a common germ in nature & found at any one moment in the genital tract of ~1/3 of women.In most cases it is innocuous, causing no harm, although it sometimes can cause a uti. It can be there one week & gone the next however, if passed to a newborn during labor or delivery, a fraction will get very sick.I would consider any mom @ risk & rely on the ob's to monitor the situation. ...Read more

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What is a group b strep test?

What is a group b strep test?

Culture for bacteria: Group b streptococcus is a bacteria present in the vagina and rectum in approximately 20% of women. The test involves a qtip swab of the vagina and rectum to see if the bacteria is present. This is usually done around the 35th week of pregnancy. If positive you will need antibiotics during labor to protect the baby from infection. ...Read more

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Will Augmentin treat my UTI symptoms from GBS (Group B Strep)?

Yes: Although I would consider it 'over kill' since Group B Strep is easy to kill. The doctor should have a 'culture report' that says what antibiotics are effective against the germ, so you might want to call if you've not yet got your prescription filled. (Amoxicillin would have been just fine for example). In some ways, it's nice to 'save' the spectrum of activity -and target the germ more precisely ...Read more

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What causes beta hemolytic.Streptococcus group b infection?

What causes beta hemolytic.Streptococcus group b infection?

Common: Group b is strep is a normal bacteria in the vagina for three out of ten women. It is not caused by anything in particular and is not harmful to you unless it makes it way into the bladder and cause a urinary tract infection which should be treated. Pregnant women are tested at 35-36 weeks because while the bacteria isn't harmful to mom the baby could get pneumonia and very ill from group b strep. ...Read more

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How is a group b strep infection treated in moms. Babies?

OB/peds have protocl: The frequency of invasive group b strep disease has declined since the adoption of surveillance and treatment protocols by ob's & peds. Since gbs can come & go, most moms will be screened at 35-37 wks & receive abx during labor if positive, if status unknown she will be treated. Babies are monitored & treated if any signs appear that suggest invasive disease. ...Read more

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How are pregnant women tested for group b beta strep?

How are pregnant women tested for group b beta strep?

Vaginal swab culture: All pregnant women are tested by a swab during 35to37weeks gestation aswab is taken from vagina and rectum and sent to the lab to be tested for groupb strep and result is available in 24to 48 hours. ...Read more

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Will cipro (ciprofloxacin) treat a uti caused by group b strep?

Will cipro (ciprofloxacin) treat a uti caused by group b strep?

Not the best: Ciprofloxacin is not the best option for GBS. Others in this family may have better MIC (a measure antibiotic activity against certain bacteria) if this class is necessary based on allergies or other contraindications to penicillin-based antibiotics. ...Read more

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How are group b streptococcal infections spread?

Normal skin bacteria: Group b strep is a common bacteria which grows on our skin. We screen for gbs in pregnancy around the vaginal and rectal area but it can grow on the skin anywhere. It is not transmitted or spread from person to person as it is a normal bacterial flora. ...Read more

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Could someone be group b strep positive and ovarian cancer?

Could someone be group b strep positive and ovarian cancer?

No relationship: Yes, certainly some one may have both group b strep infection and ovarian cancer. These two conditions are not related or dependent on each other. ...Read more

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I tested 3+ for Group B strep after a stool culture, is this serious?

I tested 3+ for Group B strep after a stool culture, is this serious?

No: GBS is considered a normal finding in stool. It is an occasional cause of UTI's in women.It is most worrisome if present in the genitals of a pregnant woman near the time of delivery, when it can cause severe infections in a newborn. ...Read more

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What is ''group b strep''?

What is ''group b strep''?

Bacteria: We all have different bacteria that live normally on our skin. About 15-20% of women have group b strep (gbs) on their genital area skin. It is not a std. Group b strep is a bacteria that usually doesn't affect the mother but sometimes can cause serious infections in the baby if the mother does not get antibiotics in labor. For more info, copy this link: http://bit.Ly/kl216m. ...Read more

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Dr. Julie Abbott
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. Eric Weisman
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Group B Strep (Definition)

Group b streptococcus is a bacteria. Many men and women are carriers of gbs. Gbs is significant in pregnancy, because having gbs that is untreated can cause illness to a newborn. Gbs is not a significant infection in the mother, she is treated only to ...Read more