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Cerebrospinal Fluid Bacterial Antigen

No Benefit Beyond Gram Stain


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Study Methods

Slide 5

May 2010

We retrospectively analyzed 918 cerebrospinal fluid specimens that our institution (Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN) tested with the bacterial antigen test, Gram stain, and culture, between January 2000 and March 2009. A subset of these in which at least 1 of the following criteria was met, was further analyzed: A positive bacterial antigen test; A positive Gram stain consistent with 1 of the classical bacterial meningitis pathogens; or a classical bacterial meningitis pathogen identified by culture from cerebrospinal fluid. 42 cases were identified.

Study Methods


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