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Cerebrospinal Fluid Bacterial Antigen

No Benefit Beyond Gram Stain


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Studies by Other Investigators

Slide 11

May 2010

Hayden et al and Perkins et al found results similar to ours in smaller groups of patients. Bhisitkul et al found the sensitivities of cerebrospinal fluid Gram stain and bacterial antigen test to be equivalent in pediatric patients. In a study by Hill et al, nearly 50% of the meningitis cases were due to organisms not detectable by the bacterial antigen test, suggesting that the changing epidemiology of bacterial meningitis pathogens reduces the usefulness of this test in current practice.

Other Studies


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