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Can anyone tell me what a wet mount is?

Can anyone tell me what a wet mount is?

Wet mount: A wet mount is to mix vaginal discharge with saline and KOH to detect bacteria, yeast and trichomonads by odor, acidity, and microscopic inspection. ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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Wet Mount (Definition)

A wet mount is a microscopic slide preparation of saline and vaginal discharge ...Read more


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Can anyone tell me what a wet mount is for?

Can anyone tell me what a wet mount is for?

Wet mount: Wet mount is a microscopic inspection of the sample, usually emerged in saline and potassium hydroxide. The latter also checks for odor emitted from bacteria. Vaginal acidity can be measured. It is done to diagnose the cause of vaginal infections. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a wet mount and culture?

They are different: A wet mount is a sample of discharge that is looked at under a slide to see if it shows characteristics of a vaginal infection, a culture is also done from a discharge that is sent to a lab to see what kind of organism is causing the discharge. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a wet mount and a culture at gyno?

Wet mount vs culture: Wet mount is a microscopic inspection of the gyn sample, usually in the office. Culture is to grow micro-organisms from the gyn sample, usually in a laboratory. ...Read more

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Very rare inflammatory cells on wet mount..what does it mean?

Body is responding: If there are 'inflammatory' cells seen, then that means your body is fighting some type of disease - most likely an infection. The immune system is extraordinarily complex and has at its disposal an arsenal of cells that will 'fight' for you - that's what's been reported here on microscopy. Depending on your history, symptoms and other tests, a doctor should be easily able to help you get better. ...Read more

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Wet Mount Rare WBCs What's this mean on my pap?

Wet Mount	 Rare WBCs What's this mean on my pap?

Nothing: All women have a few white cells on smear. A wet mount was evidently performed also, perhaps to look for garnerella or trichomonas. This is just a notation to let folks know that we did look under the microscope, and if we didn't make a note of anything worrisome, be glad. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Do they really see trich moving by wet mount?

Slide mount: Trichomonas can be seen through the microscope on a wetmount with saline on a slide. ...Read more

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Possible to see trich with wet prep or wet mount..can anything cause trich not to show when there's indeed an infection?

Possible to see trich with wet prep or wet mount..can anything cause trich not to show when there's indeed an infection?

Trichomonas: No test is perfect and there will always be some % of false-negative results. This will depend upon the mode of testing, the specimen obtained, the observer, etc. But overall this is a fairly accurate test. ...Read more