Symptomatic and asymptomatic cervical infections with human papillomavirus during pregnancy

Kenneth H. Fife, Robert E. Rogers, Beth W. Zwickl

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Abstract

The prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection of the cervix was determined in an unselected population of pregnant women presenting to an inner-city Obstetrics Clinic in the first trimester. Cervical scrape specimens were screened for the presence of HPV types 6, 11, 16, 18 and 31 DNA by using three different blot hybridization methods. Specimens from 26 (11.1%) of 234 patients contained HPV DNA sequences. HPV-16 and -31 were detected in six specimens each, whereas HPV-6, -11, and -18 were each identified in three specimens. Five additonal specimens contained HPV DNA sequences of undetermined type. Only two of the 26 positive specimens were obtained from patients with genital warts; an additional 12 specimens were from patients with cytological abnormalities. We conclude that cervical HPV infections in some pregnant populations are common and that many such infections are not clinically apparent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)904-911
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Infectious Diseases
Volume156
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1987

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Asymptomatic Infections
Human papillomavirus 31
Human papillomavirus 11
Human papillomavirus 6
Pregnancy
Papillomavirus Infections
Condylomata Acuminata
Human papillomavirus 16
First Pregnancy Trimester
Cervix Uteri
Population
Obstetrics
Pregnant Women
DNA
Infection

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  • Infectious Diseases

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Symptomatic and asymptomatic cervical infections with human papillomavirus during pregnancy. / Fife, Kenneth H.; Rogers, Robert E.; Zwickl, Beth W.

In: Journal of Infectious Diseases, Vol. 156, No. 6, 12.1987, p. 904-911.

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