Added value of an oropharyngeal swab in detection of viruses in children hospitalized with lower respiratory tract infection

Laura L. Hammitt, Sidi Kazungu, Steve Welch, Anne Bett, Clayton O. Onyango, Rory N. Gunson, J. Anthony G. Scott, D. James Nokes

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Abstract

Paired nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swabs collected from 533 children hospitalized with lower respiratory tract infection were assessed by multiplex reverse transcription-PCR. Oropharyngeal swabs increased the number of viral infections detected by 15%, compared to collection of a nasopharyngeal swab alone. This advantage was most pronounced for detection of influenza, parainfluenza, and adenovirus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2318-2320
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of clinical microbiology
Volume49
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)

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