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THE DETECTION OF SIGNIFICANT BACTERIURIA: AN ASSESSMENT OF THE TRIPHENYLTETRAZOLIUM CHLORIDE REDUCTION TEST.

Authors
  • HINTON, N A
  • VAN DER HOEVEN, E
Type
Published Article
Journal
Canadian Medical Association journal
Publication Date
Sep 18, 1965
Volume
93
Pages
639–642
Identifiers
PMID: 14348549
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

The degree to which quantitative urine cultures and the triphenyltetrazolium chloride (TTC) reduction test can be correlated can be directly related to the species of organism involved, the actual level of bacterial population in the urine and the presence of antibiotics. The influence of these various factors is discussed and it is concluded that, depending upon the group of patients involved, the TTC test will detect 70-90% of cases of significant bacteriuria. The TTC test would appear to be a useful screening procedure in the surveillance of large outpatient populations and in the detection of bacteriuria during pregnancy, considering the difficulty of applying the technique of complete quantitative culture to these groups.

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