How is pneumococcal bacteremia diagnosed?

Updated: Jun 08, 2020
  • Author: Eduardo Sanchez, MD; Chief Editor: John L Brusch, MD, FACP  more...
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Blood cultures have a low sensitivity for detecting S pneumoniae infections. Bacteremia is found in about 20% of CAP cases in which conventional blood cultures are used. PCR may be able to increase this sensitivity. In a review assessing the value of PCR in the diagnosis of pneumococcal bacteremia, a sensitivity of 57.1% was reported. [65]

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