Enhanced identification of viral and atypical bacterial pathogens in lower respiratory tract samples with nucleic acid amplification tests.

@article{Lee2006EnhancedIO,
  title={Enhanced identification of viral and atypical bacterial pathogens in lower respiratory tract samples with nucleic acid amplification tests.},
  author={Bonita E. Lee and Joan L Robinson and Vinod Kumar Khurana and Xiaoli Lilly Pang and Jutta K. Preiksaitis and Julie D. Fox},
  journal={Journal of medical virology},
  year={2006},
  volume={78 5},
  pages={
          702-10
        }
}
The advantages of nucleic acid amplification tests (NAT) over conventional methods for the detection of pathogens in lower respiratory tract samples have not been established. NAT for respiratory pathogens were performed on 439 endotracheal tube (ETT) and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) samples. A potential pathogen was detected in 87 samples. Of 22 samples that tested positive by conventional methods, 15 tested positive for the same pathogen by NAT, 1 tested positive for a different pathogen, 2… CONTINUE READING
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