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J Clin Microbiol. 2003 Aug;41(8):3942-4.

Clinical impact of a PCR assay for identification of Staphylococcus aureus and determination of methicillin resistance directly from blood cultures.

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  • 1Laboratory of Microbiology, Erasme University Hospital, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium. mahallin@ulb.ac.be

Abstract

We evaluated the clinical usefulness of a PCR assay that discriminates Staphylococcus aureus from coagulase-negative staphylococci and detects methicillin resistance on blood cultures by measuring the adaptation of antimicrobial therapy based on the PCR results. Only 7 of 28 patients (25%) benefited from a modification of antibiotic therapy based on the PCR results, since empirical therapy was appropriate in a majority of cases.

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