Vertebral osteomyelitis and discitis due to Gardnerella vaginalis.

Research paper by Simon S Graham, Claire C Howes, Robert R Dunsmuir, Jonathan J Sandoe

Indexed on: 23 Jun '09Published on: 23 Jun '09Published in: Journal of medical microbiology


Gardnerella vaginalis is a facultative anaerobic Gram-variable pleomorphic rod that forms part of the normal vaginal flora. It is most commonly associated with infection of the genital tract in women, but recognition of extravaginal G. vaginalis infection is becoming more frequent. We describe an unusual case of G. vaginalis vertebral osteomyelitis and discitis in a 38-year-old woman with no apparent predisposing factors.