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The Use of Phase Contrast Microscopy to Identify Bacteriuria and Hence Predict Cultures Indicative of Urinary Tract Infections

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2017.101
Synopsis: 
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.

ABSTRACT

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.

Accepted: 
13 Nov, 2017
Journal Sections: 
e-Published: 15 Nov, 2017

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