Blood culture is poor method of confirming pneumococcus as cause of childhood pneumonia

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7059.757b (Published 21 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:757
  1. Helena Clements, Clinical research fellow,
  2. Terence J Stephenson, Senior lecturer in paediatrics
  1. Department of Child Health, University Hospital, Nottingham NG7 2UH

    EDITOR,—S K Obaro and colleagues suggest that culture of pneumococci is a reliable method of diagnosis in pneumococcal pneumonia.1 A recent audit of the investigation and treatment of community acquired pneumonia carried out in our department has shown that the investigation of children is difficult and the diagnostic yield of current tests is low.

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