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Risk-based screening combined with a PCR-based test for group B streptococci diminishes the use of antibiotics in laboring women

European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology Volume 215, August 2017, Pages 188-192

Editor's comment: Prof. Tak Yeung Leung: Risk-based screening combined with a PCR-based test for group B streptococci diminishes the use of antibiotics in laboring women

About 12% pregnant women may carry group B streptococci around the time of the onset of labour. Routine antenatal screening for group B streptococci may not be feasible because of unexpected onset of labour. In such situation intrapartum PCR-based test may provides a rapid result for decision of prophylactic antibiotics. The sensitivity is 83% and the specificity is 97%.