Dark-field microscopy of human feces for presumptive diagnosis of Campylobacter fetus subsp. jejuni enteritis.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

To determine the value of direct dark-field microscopy for diagnosing enteritis due to Campylobacter fetus subsp. jejuni, we examined 1,377 human fecal specimens for bacteria with typical Campylobacter darting motility, leukocytes, and erythrocytes. Eighty-four specimens (6.1%) grew C.fetus subsp. jejuni. Of the 48 specimens showing Campylobacter motility, 30 (62%) grew C. fetus subsp. jejuni. The sensitivity, specificity, and predictive value of observing Campylobacter motility were 36%, 99%, and 62%, respectively. The predictive value of detecting Campylobacter motility was improved if the specimens were diarrheal (23 of 31, 74%), leukocytes were present (25 of 33, 76%), erythrocytes were present (22 of 27, 81%), or if all of the above findings were present (18 of 20, 90%). The sensitivity of detecting Campylobacter darting motility was highest if specimens were examined within 2 h of arrival in the laboratory (15 of 30, 50%) as opposed to after 2 h (15 of 53, 28%; P less than 0.01). Prompt dark-field microscopic examination of diarrheal stool specimens is valuable for the presumptive diagnosis of Campylobacter enteritis.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Paisley, JW; Mirrett, S; Lauer, BA; Roe, M; Reller, LB

Published Date

  • January 1, 1982

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 61 - 63

PubMed ID

  • 6764779

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC272024

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0095-1137

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1128/jcm.15.1.61-63.1982


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States