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Investigation by improved syringe method of effect of tampons on production in vitro of toxic shock syndrome toxin 1 by Staphylococcus aureus.

By A C Wong and S A Downs


Twenty-seven types of commercial tampons from five manufacturers were tested in a sealed-syringe method to determine their effect on the growth of Staphylococcus aureus and the production of toxic shock syndrome toxin 1. In this improvement of the syringe method, the available air is limited to that which is contained within the sealed syringe containing the tampon. The culture medium was buffered, and blood and CO2 were included in the incubation to better simulate the vaginal environment during menstruation. Variables of tampon weight, composition, air volume, and absorbency were examined for their effect on the production of toxic shock syndrome toxin 1. Generally, with the exception of brand E, toxin production in the presence of tampons was equal to or lower than that in a sealed control syringe containing air but no tampon

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1989
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