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Cerebrospinal Fluid Bacterial Antigen

No Benefit Beyond Gram Stain


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May 2010

Welcome to Mayo Medical Laboratories' Hot Topics. These presentations provide short discussions of current topics and may be helpful to you in your practice.

Our presenter for this program is Robin Patel, MD, Director of the Initial Processing and Media Laboratory and Director of the Bacteriology Laboratory in the Division of Clinical Microbiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Patel discusses a recent study performed at Mayo Clinic on the use of bacterial antigen testing (BAT) on cerebrospinal fluid. The study, which showed no benefit for BAT over Gram stain, was published in a Letter to the Editor in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology (April 2010).



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