Beta Hemolytic Strep Culture
Diagnosis of streptococcal infections
Clinical Information Discusses physiology, pathophysiology, and general clinical aspects, as they relate to a laboratory test
Group B streptococci (Streptococci agalactiae) is a cause of neonatal septicemia and meningitis. They are frequently present in the vagina of asymptomatic women. The relationship to neonatal disease remains unclear.
Reference Values Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.
Negative (reported as positive or negative for beta-hemolytic streptococci group A or B)
Positive cultures are reported out as Streptococcus agalactiae.
Cautions Discusses conditions that may cause diagnostic confusion, including improper specimen collection and handling, inappropriate test selection, and interfering substances
No significant cautionary statements
Clinical Reference Provides recommendations for further in-depth reading of a clinical nature
Yu PKW, Washington JA: Identification of aerobic and facultatively anaerobic bacteria. In Laboratory Procedures in Clinical Microbiology. Second edition. Edited by J A Washington. Springer-Verlag, New York. 1985, pp 131-156