Contribution of a urinary antigen assay (Binax NOW) to the early diagnosis of pneumococcal pneumonia.

@article{Rosn2004ContributionOA,
  title={Contribution of a urinary antigen assay (Binax NOW) to the early diagnosis of pneumococcal pneumonia.},
  author={Beatriz Ros{\'o}n and N{\'u}ria Fern{\'a}ndez-Sab{\'e} and Jordi Carratal{\`a} and Ricard Verdaguer and Jordi Dorca and Frederic Manresa and Francesc Gudiol},
  journal={Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America},
  year={2004},
  volume={38 2},
  pages={
          222-6
        }
}
We evaluated the usefulness of a rapid urinary antigen test (Binax NOW; Binax) to detect Streptococcus pneumoniae for the early diagnosis of community-acquired pneumococcal pneumonia (PP) in 220 nonseverely immunosuppressed adults. We compared results of this test with those of sputum Gram staining. The rapid urinary antigen test showed limited sensitivity (65.9%; 95% confidence interval [CI], 51.4-80.4) but high specificity (100%; 95% CI, 99.7-100) for diagnosing PP. The test was more… CONTINUE READING
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