Prevalence of trichomonas vaginalis by PCR in men attending a primary care urology clinic in South Korea

Jun Hyeok Seo, Hye Won Yang, So Young Joo, Su Min Song, Yu Ran Lee, Jae Sook Ryu, Eun Sang Yoo, Won Kee Lee, Hyun Hee Kong, Sang Eun Lee, Won Ja Lee, Youn Kyoung Goo, Dong Il Chung, Yeonchul Hong

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Abstract

Trichomonas vaginalis, a causative agent of trichomoniasis, may trigger symptomatic or asymptomatic nongonococcal urethritis and chronic prostatitis in men. Despite the availability of highly sensitive diagnostic tests, such as nucleic acid amplification tests, including PCR, few prospective studies present data on male T. vaginalis infection in South Korea. In the present study, the prevalence of T. vaginalis and associated clinical conditions were evaluated in 201 male patients from a primary care urology clinic in South Korea. The prevalence of T. vaginalis infection in our cohort was 4% (8/201) by PCR. T. vaginalis infection was common in men older than 40 years (median age, 52 years). Among the 8 Trichomonas-positive patients, 87.5% (7/8) had prostatic diseases, such as prostatitis and benign prostatic hyperplasia, and 25.0% (2/8) and 12.5% (1/8) were coinfected with Chlamydia trachomatis and Mycoplasma genitalium, respectively. Our results suggest that T. vaginalis infection is not rare in men attending primary care urology clinics in South Korea, especially in those older than 40 years, in whom it may explain the presence of prostatic disease. The possibility of T. vaginalis infection should be routinely considered in older male patients with prostatic diseases in South Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)551-555
Number of pages5
JournalKorean Journal of Parasitology
Volume52
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014 Oct 1

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Trichomonas vaginalis
Republic of Korea
Trichomonas Infections
Urology
Primary Health Care
Polymerase Chain Reaction
Prostatic Diseases
Prostatitis
Mycoplasma genitalium
Nucleic Acid Amplification Techniques
Trichomonas
Urethritis
Chlamydia trachomatis
Prostatic Hyperplasia
Routine Diagnostic Tests
Prospective Studies

Keywords

  • Diagnosis
  • Multiplex PCR
  • PCR
  • Sexually transmitted disease
  • Trichomonas vaginalis

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Seo, Jun Hyeok ; Yang, Hye Won ; Joo, So Young ; Song, Su Min ; Lee, Yu Ran ; Ryu, Jae Sook ; Yoo, Eun Sang ; Lee, Won Kee ; Kong, Hyun Hee ; Lee, Sang Eun ; Lee, Won Ja ; Goo, Youn Kyoung ; Chung, Dong Il ; Hong, Yeonchul. / Prevalence of trichomonas vaginalis by PCR in men attending a primary care urology clinic in South Korea. In: Korean Journal of Parasitology. 2014 ; Vol. 52, No. 5. pp. 551-555.
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Prevalence of trichomonas vaginalis by PCR in men attending a primary care urology clinic in South Korea. / Seo, Jun Hyeok; Yang, Hye Won; Joo, So Young; Song, Su Min; Lee, Yu Ran; Ryu, Jae Sook; Yoo, Eun Sang; Lee, Won Kee; Kong, Hyun Hee; Lee, Sang Eun; Lee, Won Ja; Goo, Youn Kyoung; Chung, Dong Il; Hong, Yeonchul.

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