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Application of rejection criteria for stool cultures for bacterial enteric pathogens.

Publication ,  Journal Article
Fan, K; Morris, AJ; Reller, LB
Published in: J Clin Microbiol
August 1993

Over 20 months, we prospectively assessed the yield of cultures for Salmonella, Shigella, and Campylobacter spp. from adults and children. In the first 10 months, 53% (567 of 1,097) of specimens from adults were from patients who had been in the hospital for > 3 days. Overall, only 2.6% (29 of 1,097) of specimens contained pathogens, and all were from patients who had been in the hospital for < or = 3 days. Over the second 10 months, specimens from adults in the hospital for > 3 days were not cultured unless special reasons existed. Thirty percent (368 of 1,229) of specimens were rejected. Concurrently, 7.5% (51 of 677) of stool specimens from children were positive. Only one positive specimen came from a child who had been in the hospital for > 3 days. Neither stool consistency nor fecal leukocytes were useful predictors for the presence of an enteric pathogen. We recommend that specimens from both adults and children in the hospital for > 3 days not be cultured unless there are delineated plausible clinical or epidemiological reasons to do so.

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J Clin Microbiol

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0095-1137

Publication Date

August 1993

Volume

31

Issue

8

Start / End Page

2233 / 2235

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Shigella
  • Salmonella
  • Prospective Studies
  • Microbiology
  • Humans
  • Female
  • Feces
  • Child, Preschool
  • Campylobacter
  • Adult
 

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Fan, K., Morris, A. J., & Reller, L. B. (1993). Application of rejection criteria for stool cultures for bacterial enteric pathogens. J Clin Microbiol, 31(8), 2233–2235. https://doi.org/10.1128/jcm.31.8.2233-2235.1993
Fan, K., A. J. Morris, and L. B. Reller. “Application of rejection criteria for stool cultures for bacterial enteric pathogens.J Clin Microbiol 31, no. 8 (August 1993): 2233–35. https://doi.org/10.1128/jcm.31.8.2233-2235.1993.
Fan K, Morris AJ, Reller LB. Application of rejection criteria for stool cultures for bacterial enteric pathogens. J Clin Microbiol. 1993 Aug;31(8):2233–5.
Fan, K., et al. “Application of rejection criteria for stool cultures for bacterial enteric pathogens.J Clin Microbiol, vol. 31, no. 8, Aug. 1993, pp. 2233–35. Pubmed, doi:10.1128/jcm.31.8.2233-2235.1993.
Fan K, Morris AJ, Reller LB. Application of rejection criteria for stool cultures for bacterial enteric pathogens. J Clin Microbiol. 1993 Aug;31(8):2233–2235.

Published In

J Clin Microbiol

DOI

ISSN

0095-1137

Publication Date

August 1993

Volume

31

Issue

8

Start / End Page

2233 / 2235

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Shigella
  • Salmonella
  • Prospective Studies
  • Microbiology
  • Humans
  • Female
  • Feces
  • Child, Preschool
  • Campylobacter
  • Adult