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Use of buffy-coat smears in the diagnosis of septicaemia in children.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Annals of tropical paediatrics
Publication Date
Volume
3
Issue
4
Pages
193–196
Identifiers
PMID: 6200064
Source
Medline
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Abstract

Gram-stained buffy-coat smears from venous and capillary blood samples in 105 children suspected of septicaemia were examined for the presence of bacteria and the results compared with blood culture isolates. Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria were identified in 18 venous (44%) and 19 capillary (46%) buffy-coat preparations in 41 instances where bacterial organisms were isolated from the blood cultures. It is concluded that the examination of buffy-coat smears for bacteria in children suspected of septicaemia is a useful adjunct to blood cultures and, in areas where no facilities exist for culture of blood, may be a simple and rapid method of establishing the diagnosis of bacteraemia in suspected patients.

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