Operational Obstetrics & Gynecology

Bacterial Vaginosis Clue Cells

This video demonstrates how to use a microscope and "wet mount" to identify the "Clue Cells" of bacterial vaginosis. This condition is associated with a malodorous vaginal discharge and is both common and easily treated. A second video shows normal vaginal epithelial cells to help contrast them with the Clue Cells of bacterial vaginosis.

These free videos were produced by the US Navy as training for medical personnel in isolated settings. It was included on the Operational Obstetrics & Gynecology CD. They may be freely downloaded.

The longer version was produced by the Brookside Associates for civilian training. It is longer (5-minutes) and is available for download. The same video but in high-resolution is available on CD or DVD.
BV Video Runtime 0:30
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Normal Vaginal Epithelial Cells Video Runtime 0:20
3.6 MB mpg
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Bacterial Vaginosis Clue Cells

"A drop of normal saline is mixed with vaginal discharge."

"Focusing up and down through a vaginal epithelial cell, bacteria cover the exterior surface of the cell."

"This is a clue cell, characterized by indistinct borders, studding with bacteria, and fewer than expected white blood cells."

Bacterial Vaginosis Clue Cells

"This is a normal vaginal epithelial cell."

"The borders are distinct and clear."


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Operational Obstetrics & Gynecology - 2nd Edition
The Health Care of Women in Military Settings
CAPT Michael John Hughey, MC, USNR
January 1, 2000

This web version of Operational Obstetrics & Gynecology is provided by The Brookside Associates Medical Education Division.  It contains original contents from the official US Navy NAVMEDPUB 6300-2C, but has been reformatted for web access and includes advertising and links that were not present in the original version. This web version has not been approved by the Department of the Navy or the Department of Defense. The presence of any advertising on these pages does not constitute an endorsement of that product or service by either the Department of Defense or the Brookside Associates. The Brookside Associates is a private organization, not affiliated with the United States Department of Defense. All material in this version is unclassified.

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