Table 3

Test result patterns for CSF culture, Gram stain, and RT-PCR for analyzed patients (total n=451)
Culture Gram stain RT-PCR n
- - - 329
- - + 20
- + - 5
- + + 17
+ - - 1
+ - + 1
+ + - 3
+ + + 75

Note. Positive test results (+) for culture or RT-PCR defined as identification of N. meningitidis, S. pneumoniae, or H. influenzae. Positive results (+) for Gram stains defined as report of bacteria with characteristic morphology and staining suggestive of N. meningitidis, S. pneumoniae, or H. influenzae. Any result not meeting the positive result definitions are denoted as negative (−).

Wu et al.

Wu et al. BMC Infectious Diseases 2013 13:26   doi:10.1186/1471-2334-13-26

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