First name
Sarah
Last name
Curtis

Title

Test Characteristics of Cerebrospinal Fluid Gram Stain to Identify Bacterial Meningitis in Infants Younger Than 60 Days.

Year of Publication

2018

Date Published

2018 Nov 12

ISSN Number

1535-1815

Abstract

<p>In our cohort of 20,947 infants aged 60 days or younger, cerebrospinal fluid Gram stain had a sensitivity of 34.3% (95% confidence interval, 28.1%-41.1%) and a positive predictive value of 61.4% (95% confidence interval, 52.2%-69.8%) for positive cerebrospinal fluid culture, suggesting that Gram stain alone may lead to both underdiagnosis and overdiagnosis of bacterial meningitis.</p>

DOI

10.1097/PEC.0000000000001639

Alternate Title

Pediatr Emerg Care

PMID

30422943

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