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Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira

Print version ISSN 0104-4230On-line version ISSN 1806-9282

Rev. Assoc. Med. Bras. vol.65 no.9 São Paulo Sept. 2019  Epub Oct 10, 2019

http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1806-9282.65.9.1143 

GUIDELINES QUESTIONS

“Sexually transmitted infections – laboratory diagnosis”

Maurício Hachul1 
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7918-0301

Marcus Vinícius Verardo de Medeiros1 

Ricardo Simões1 
http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5916-0015

Wanderley Marques Bernardo2 
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8597-5207

1. Sociedade Brasileira de Urologia, São Paulo, SP, Brasil

2. Coordenador do Programa Diretrizes da Associação Médica Brasileira, São Paulo, SP, Brasil


Question: What are the laboratory diagnostic methods for urethritis? (Page 747)

Answer: Infectious urethritis is caused by sexually transmissible pathogens. There should be clinical suspicion in cases of sexually active individuals with complaints of dysuria, urethral pruritus and/or urethral discharge. The diagnosis can be confirmed by the presence of one of the following findings: urethral secretions; bacterioscopy by Gram staining of purulent secretions obtained through urethral smear showing ≥two polymorphonuclear leukocytes on an immersion slide; testing for leukocyte esterase and/or presence of ≥10 leukocytes per field in the urinary sediment of the first urine (Page 750).

REFERENCE

1. Hachul M, Medeiros MVV, Simões R, Bernardo WM.Sexually transmitted infections – laboratory diagnosis. Rev Assoc Med Bras 2019; 65(6):745-754 [ Links ]

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