Which lab studies definitively diagnose diphtheria?

Updated: Jan 18, 2019
  • Author: Bruce M Lo, MD, MBA, CPE, RDMS, FACEP, FAAEM, FACHE; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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To establish the diagnosis of C diphtheriae, it is vital to both isolate C diphtheriae in culture media and to identify the presence of toxin production. [2]


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