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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 38  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 469-471

False-positive blood cultures: The need for follow-up


1 Department of Microbiology, SRCC Children's Hospital, Narayana Health, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Paediatric Infectious Disease, SRCC Children's Hospital, Narayana Health, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Microbiology, Manipal Hospital, Delhi, India
4 Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation, SRCC Children's Hospital, Narayana Health, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
5 Hemato-Oncology, SRCC Children's Hospital, Narayana Health, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Suverna Kirolikar
Department of Microbiology, SRCC Children's Hospital, Narayana Health, Mumbai, Maharashtra
India
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DOI: 10.4103/ijmm.IJMM_20_402

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The diagnosis of blood-borne infections in immunocompromised patients is a major challenge for the clinical microbiology laboratory. Isolation of bloodborne pathogens in these patients has profound clinical implications, yet is fraught with technical problems, including the presence of unusual and difficult to isolate pathogens. Coupled with this is the problem of false-positive blood culture signals from automated blood culture systems which further delays the definitive diagnosis. Here, we present a case of an 8-year-old boy with Ph +ve acute lymphoblastic leukaemia who has repeated 'false positive' blood cultures and later grew an uncommon organism.






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