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Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 1993 Oct;12(10):782-3.

Effect of inoculum size on antimicrobial susceptibility of Helicobacter pylori.

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Department of Microbiology, Elias Sourasky Medical Center, Ichilov Hospital, Tel-Aviv, Israel.


An agar dilution assay was used to assess the effect of inoculum size and culture period on the susceptibility of 15 clinical isolates of Helicobacter pylori to ampicillin, erythromycin, tetracycline, chloramphenicol, metronidazole and tinidazole. The mean MIC of the isolates increased 2.2- to 21.2-fold as the inoculum size progressed from 10(3) to 10(7) cfu/spot. Identical results were noted when isolates were maintained for two or four days prior to testing. Inoculum size should be carefully controlled when assessing the in vitro susceptibility of Helicobacter pylori.

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