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Sensitivity of Gram stain in urethritis
  1. David Taylor-Robinson1,
  2. Patrick J Horner2
  1. 1Division of Medicine, Imperial College London, St. Mary's Campus, London, UK
  2. 2School of Community and Social Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor David Taylor-Robinson, 6 Vache Mews, Vache Lane, Chalfont St. Giles, Bucks HP8 4UT, UK; trobinson3{at}

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Over several years we have been interested in urethritis and its possible causes. We are aware that a few subjects whose urethral smears are Gram stain negative are, nevertheless, infected with pathogenic micro-organisms. In view of this, we were interested in the paper by Orellano et al 1 in which they indicate that this may be a bigger problem than otherwise thought. However, we feel that there are aspects of their findings that deserve comment or …

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