Journal Article

Lack of Sensitivity of the Latex Agglutination Test to Detect Bacterial Antigen in the Cerebrospinal Fluid of Patients with Culture-Negative Meningitis

Kaiser Tarafdar, Sujatha Rao, Rose A. Recco and Muhammad M. Zaman

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 33, issue 3, pages 406-408
Published in print August 2001 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online August 2001 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/321885
Lack of Sensitivity of the Latex Agglutination Test to Detect Bacterial Antigen in the Cerebrospinal Fluid of Patients with Culture-Negative Meningitis

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For culture-negative meningitis, use of the latex agglutination test for detection of bacterial antigen in the CSF has a sensitivity of only 7%. Routine use of the latex agglutination test may not contribute to the management of suspected acute bacterial meningitis, since patients are treated on the basis of their clinical presentations and CSF findings.

Journal Article.  1638 words.  Illustrated.

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

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