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Vaginal Culture of a Pregnant Woman


A 24-year old pregnant woman presents to her obstetrician for a routine perinatal visit.
no significant medical and surgical history pregnancy has been without incident no history of drug use nonsmoker currently only takes a prenatal vitamin has one sexual partner immigrated to the US from Jamaica 2 years ago

A routine rectal/vaginal culture was taken and it showed the following results:

Fig 1. Culture on 5% Sheep Blood Agar

Fig 2. Gram stain

Hemolysis was detected

Gram positive streptococcus

Fig 3. CAMP Test

Fig 4. Lancefield Typing

-Streptococcus; enhanced hemolytic activity

Classified as Group B

Table 1. Biochemical Results of Unknown Organism

Used to differentiate to other Group B Streptococcus


Streptococcus pseudoporcinus
a -hemolytic Streptococcus with a wide-zone of hemolysis genetically and biochemically different from S. porcinus different strain (determined after sequencing with 16S rRNA)

S. pseudoporcinus VS S. agalactiae
S. Pseudoporcinus can be confused with Group B Streptococcus (S. agalactiae) which is also -hemolytic, CAMP positive, bacitracin resistant and cross-reacts with reagents in Lancefield typing.

Fig 5. Streptococcus agalactidae (left) and Streptococcus pseudoporcinus (right) on 5% Blood Sheep Agar

Table 2. Biochemical Characteristics of Streptococcus pseudoporcinus, Streptococcus porcinus and Streptococcus agalactiae

*Data taken from Duarte et al, 2005. + Data taken from Bekal et al, 2007. ++ Data taken from Gaudreau et al, 2007. ** Data taken from lab strains of Streptococcus agalactiaeand patient's sample of Streptococcus pseudoporcinus.

Streptococcus pseudoporcinus
has wider band of hemolysis has not been associated with neonatal sepsis In a small study in Canada, it has been associated with chorioamnionitis and preterm delivery; and affected women were almost exclusively immigrants from the Caribbean Islands.

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