PMID: 44516Nov 1, 1979

Comparison of sputum counterimmunoelectrophoresis and culture in diagnosis of pneumococcal pneumonia

Journal of Clinical Microbiology
B A Downes, P D Ellner

Abstract

The diagnostic value of counterimmunoelectrophoresis performed on sputum was compared with that of sputum culture. The detection of pneumococcal polysaccharide in sputum showed a better correlation with the presence of pneumococcal pneumonia than the recovery of pneumococci by culture. The authors conclude that sputum counterimmunoelectrophoresis can provide diagnostic guidance to physicians awaiting the results of sputum culture and aid in the interpretation of cultural findings.

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Jan 1, 1986·Medical Microbiology and Immunology·C H EricssonI Sjögren
Jan 1, 1988·Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases. Supplementum·K Lehtomäki
Oct 1, 1985·Journal of the American Geriatrics Society·T J MarrieC Kwan

Related Concepts

Immunoelectrophoresis
Sputum, Induced
Microbial Culture of Sputum
Differential Diagnosis
Polysaccharides, Bacterial
Bacteriological Techniques
Sputum
Countercurrent Electrophoresis Measurement
Polyvalent pneumococcal vaccine
Lobar Pneumonia

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