What is the role of lab tests in the diagnosis of pneumococcal conjunctivitis, otitis media, and sinusitis?

Updated: Jun 08, 2020
  • Author: Eduardo Sanchez, MD; Chief Editor: John L Brusch, MD, FACP  more...
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Laboratory work is not usually obtained in patients with conjunctivitis, otitis media, or sinusitis unless they have unusually high fevers or have an extremely ill appearance. If specimens are obtained, they should be sent for Gram stain and culture and susceptibility. In these cases, isolation of S pneumoniae should be considered a strong indication for pathogenicity and treatment. [57]

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