A study that supports the use of phase contrast microscopy as a reliable test with high sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values in the rapid diagnosis of urinary tract infections.
Objective: To determine whether phase contrast microscopy of uncentrifuged urine specimens could rapidly and accurately identify bacteriuria and predict microbiology culture results.
Methods: A prospective study was performed at the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory of the EWMSC, Trinidad. Urine samples were examined via phase contrast microscopy at the time of culture.
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