Journal Article

Evaluation of Binax NOW, an Assay for the Detection of Pneumococcal Antigen in Urine Samples, Performed among Pediatric Patients

Scott F. Dowell, Robert L. Garman, Gang Liu, Orin S. Levine and Yong-Hong Yang

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 32, issue 5, pages 824-825
Published in print March 2001 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online March 2001 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/319205
Evaluation of Binax NOW, an Assay for the Detection of Pneumococcal Antigen in Urine Samples, Performed among Pediatric Patients

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In our evaluation of a new assay for the detection of pneumococcal antigen in urine (Binax NOW; Binax), the test result was no more likely to be positive among 88 children with radiographically confirmed pneumonia than among 198 control subjects; however, it was significantly more likely to be positive among children who were nasopharyngeal carriers of pneumococci. This test is not likely to be useful for distinguishing children with pneumococcal pneumonia from those who are merely colonized.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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