M122-2

Bartholin’s cyst: Staphylococcus aureus– Shipped August 2012

HISTORY

The challenge was sent to category A and B laboratories. The sample simulated material obtained from a 38 year old female with infected Bartholin’s cyst.

Laboratories were expected to isolate and identify Staphylococcus aureus and test and report antimicrobial susceptibility.

MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from M122-2

  1. Cultures of Bartholin’s abscesses will generally yield mixed aerobic and anaerobic growth.
  2. As Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis have been documented to cause this types of abscesses, a full screen for organisms that cause sexually transmitted infections is recommended.

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