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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 395-397

Latex particle agglutination test as an adjunct to the diagnosis of bacterial meningitis


Department of Microbiology, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi - 110 002, India

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K Bineeta
Department of Microbiology, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi - 110 002
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0255-0857.37347

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The present study aimed to review the results of microscopic examination, routine culture and antigen detection by latex particle agglutination test (LPAT), in order to evaluate the diagnostic value of the LPAT in establishing the aetiological diagnosis of bacterial meningitis. LPAT was done in 65 clinically suspected meningitis cases ranging from 5 days to 60 years of age and was compared with culture and Gram stain. Using LPAT, an aetiological diagnosis could be done in 10 out of 65 (15.4%) cases of bacterial meningitis. In contrast, Gram stain and culture showed 16.9 and 23.1% positivity, respectively. LPAT correlated well with Gram stain and culture and can be recommended as an adjunct laboratory test for rapid aetiological diagnosis of bacterial meningitis for prompt institution of proper antibiotics.






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