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Test ID: BETAS    
Beta Hemolytic Strep Culture

Useful For Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

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)

Interpretation Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

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