Cervicitis physical examination

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Prince Tano Djan, BSc, MBChB [2]


On physical examination, patients with cervicitis may present with purulent or mucopurulent endocervical exudate or sustained endocervical bleeding easily induced by gentle passage of a cotton swab through the cervical os. [1][2]

Physical Examination

On physical examination, patients with cervicitis may show the following two major diagnostic signs:[1][2]

1) Purulent or mucopurulent endocervical exudate visible in the endocervical canal or on an endocervical swab specimen (commonly referred to as mucopurulent cervicitis or cervicitis)
2) Sustained endocervical bleeding easily induced by gentle passage of a cotton swab through the cervical os. Either or both signs might be present.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Marrazzo JM, Handsfield HH, Whittington WL (2002). "Predicting chlamydial and gonococcal cervical infection: implications for management of cervicitis". Obstet Gynecol. 100 (3): 579–84. PMID 12220782.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Berntsson M, Tunbäck P (2013). "Clinical and microscopic signs of cervicitis and urethritis: correlation with Chlamydia trachomatis infection in female STI patients". Acta Derm Venereol. 93 (2): 230–3. doi:10.2340/00015555-1536. PMID 23460336.

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