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CES Medicina

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ARENAS-OSORIO, ANDREA ESTEFANIA; OSORIO-ARCILA, YULEYDI  and  CARDONA-ARIAS, JAIBERTH ANTONIO. Prevalence of vaginal Actinomycosis and its association with the use of the intrauterine device in three health institutions in Antioquia, 2013. CES Med. [online]. 2015, vol.29, n.1, pp.47-57. ISSN 0120-8705.

Background: Vaginal actinomycosis presents a high occurrence in young and users of intrauterine device, such as febrile illness with weight loss, abdominal pain, genital bleeding or leucorrhea and endometritis. Objectives: To analyze the prevalence of Actinomyces spp. and its association with intrauterine device use, health affiliation scheme, area of residence and presence of vaginal coinfections in three institutions providing health services of Antioquia. Methods: Cross-sectional study in a population of 3 870 smears of women attended three institutions providing health services. Analyses were performed by proportions with confidence intervals, chi square, test Z, prevalence ratios and binary logistic regression for identify confounder. Results: 44.4 % do not use planning methods, 5.9 % used intrauterine device, 32.2 % had coinfections with bacterial vaginosis, candidiasis or trichomoniasis. The prevalence of vaginal actinomycosis was 3.9 %, this presented association with institutions providing health services, the age group, the planning method and the presence of co-infections; the highest prevalence was found in women aged 20-44 years with 4.9 %, intrauterine device users 36.6 % and with vaginal coinfections 5.5 %. Conclusion: The high prevalence of actinomycosis in intrauterine device users shows that this group present the major risk for the infection in the three institutions providing health services Medellin; this information is useful to guide subsequent health and investigative actions.

Keywords : Actinomycosis; Vaginal diseases; Intrauterine devices.

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