II. Indications

  1. Rarely used now (See CSF PCR which is preferred)
  2. Suspected Bacterial Meningitis with negative tests

III. Advantages

  1. Results available in 20 minutes

IV. Efficacy

  1. Test Specificity: High
  2. Test Sensitivity
    1. Haemophilus Influenzae Type B: 60-100%
    2. Low sensitivity for Neisseria Meningitidis
    3. Low sensitivity in most other Bacterial Meningitis

VI. References

  1. Kooiker in Roberts (1998) Procedures in ER, p. 1067-75
  2. Ravel (1995) Lab Medicine, Mosby, p. 294-9
  3. Tunkel in Mandell (2000) Infectious Disease, p. 974-8
  4. Seehusen (2003) Am Fam Physician 68:1103-8 [PubMed]

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