High rate of false-negative results of the rectal swab culture method in detection of gastrointestinal colonization with vancomycin-resistant enterococci.

@article{DAgata2002HighRO,
  title={High rate of false-negative results of the rectal swab culture method in detection of gastrointestinal colonization with vancomycin-resistant enterococci.},
  author={Erika M. C. D'Agata and Shiva Gautam and William D. K. Green and Yi-Wei Tang},
  journal={Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America},
  year={2002},
  volume={34 2},
  pages={167-72}
}
The diagnostic accuracy of the rectal swab (RS) culture method in identifying gastrointestinal colonization with vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) is not known. Serial quantitative stool cultures, skin cultures, and RS cultures were performed for patients with VRE infections to assess the false-negative rate of the RS and the prevalence of skin colonization, a prerequisite for cross-transmission, at varying VRE stool densities. A total of 35 stool samples were obtained from 13 patients… CONTINUE READING