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Common Test-Ordering Errors
Part 6: Overordered Microbiology Tests

HIV-Qualitative & Quantitative (Same Order)
Serum Bacterial Antigen



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Testing at Mayo Medical Laboratories

Slide 11

September 2010

We have similar reservations for bacterial antigen testing performed on CSF and instead recommend Gram stain, culture, and PCR-based viral testing. Mayo Medical Laboratories' "Enterovirus RNA Detection by Rapid Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)" is a spinal fluid test that detects the enteroviruses that are the most common causes of meningitis—coxsackievirus, echovirus, and poliovirus—which account for ~80% of cases.

Diagnosis of Meningitis

 


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