PMID: 46600Mar 1, 1975

Nitroblue tetrazolium reduction test in pregnancy

Obstetrics and Gynecology
R A BinderJ Chesley


The use of the nitroblue tetrozolium (NRT) dye reduction test as a screening method for bacterial and fungal infections is now widely recognized. Levels have been reported to be falsely elevated in the pregnant state. This report includes a prospective study which showed that the results of this test in 124 pregnant women were indistinguishable from those of a normal control population. Seven of 8 elevated levels were attributable to infection or allergy. With this data, it is concluded that the NBT test can be used to screen for bacterial and fungal illnesses in a febrile pregnant patient as well as in the general population.

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Neutrophil Band Cells
Tetrazolium Salts
Staining and Labeling
False Positive Reactions
Organic Pigments
Lung Diseases, Fungal

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