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Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2013 Feb;75(2):214-7. doi: 10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2012.10.006. Epub 2012 Nov 9.

Comparison of the SUPERCARBA, CHROMagar KPC, and Brilliance CRE screening media for detection of Enterobacteriaceae with reduced susceptibility to carbapenems.

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Service de Bactériologie-Virologie, INSERM U914 Emerging Resistance to Antibiotics, Hôpital de Bicêtre, Assistance Publique/Hôpitaux de Paris, Faculté de Médecine et Université Paris Sud, K-Bicêtre, France.


The recently developed SUPERCARBA medium was evaluated together with 2 commercially available selective culture media containing carbapenems: CHROMagar KPC (CHROMagar) and Brilliance CRE (Oxoid, Thermofisher Scientific). A total of 142 enterobacterial isolates were tested, including 131 isolates with reduced susceptibility to carbapenems. The SUPERCARBA medium has the highest sensitivity (96.5%) (detecting virtually all carbapenemase producers including OXA-48-like producers) as compared to Brilliance CRE (76.3%) and CHROMagar KPC (43%). The specificity of the screening media was similar, ranging from 57% to 68%.

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