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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