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Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 1983 Jun;1(2):107-10.

The importance of volume of blood cultured in the detection of bacteremia and fungemia.


An analysis was made on the basis of 5,389 isolates from 5,008 positive blood cultures of the relative yields from 10, 20, and 30 ml of blood. Average yields from cultures of 20 and 30 ml of blood were, respectively, 38 and 61% greater than that from 10 ml of blood.

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