Clinical impact of RT-PCR for pediatric acute respiratory infections: a controlled clinical trial.

@article{Wishaupt2011ClinicalIO,
  title={Clinical impact of RT-PCR for pediatric acute respiratory infections: a controlled clinical trial.},
  author={J{\'e}r{\^o}me O. Wishaupt and Anne Russcher and Leo C Smeets and Florens G A Versteegh and Nico G. Hartwig},
  journal={Pediatrics},
  year={2011},
  volume={128 5},
  pages={e1113-20}
}
OBJECTIVE Real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing is a quick sensitive method for detecting respiratory pathogens. We evaluated the diagnostic yield of RT-PCR assays and measured the effect of rapid reporting on patient care. METHODS In a controlled clinical trial, nasal wash specimens were obtained from patients <12 years of age with suspected acute respiratory infections. In addition to the standard hospital protocol, RT-PCR assays for 17 pathogens were performed. The RT-PCR… CONTINUE READING
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