Usefulness of a Rapid Real-time PCR Assay in Prenatal Screening for Group B Streptococcus Colonization

@inproceedings{Park2013UsefulnessOA,
  title={Usefulness of a Rapid Real-time PCR Assay in Prenatal Screening for Group B Streptococcus Colonization},
  author={Jeong Su Park and Donghee Cho and Jae Hyug Yang and Moon Young Kim and Son Moon Shin and E I Kim and Sung Sup Park and Moon-Woo Seong},
  booktitle={Annals of laboratory medicine},
  year={2013}
}
BACKGROUND Group B streptococcus (GBS) infection is a leading cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality worldwide. Here, we present the analytical and diagnostic usefulness of a new real-time PCR-based assay (Xpert GBS; Cepheid, USA) for rapid and accurate prenatal GBS screening. METHODS We enrolled 175 pregnant women who were between 35 and 39 weeks of gestation. The analytical performance of the Xpert GBS assay was first tested using a reference GBS strain. Next, to test diagnostic… CONTINUE READING