Laboratory diagnosis of bacteremia and fungemia

Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2001 Dec;15(4):1009-24. doi: 10.1016/s0891-5520(05)70184-7.

Abstract

Many of the variables that affect the laboratory diagnosis of bacteremia and fungemia have been addressed in this article. Whereas the scientific basis and principles for blood cultures are well-established, and the methodology has improved, the diagnosis of bacteremia and fungemia still depends greatly on the care that is taken in obtaining the specimens of blood and the skill of the clinician in interpreting positive results.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bacteremia / blood*
  • Bacteremia / diagnosis*
  • Bacteremia / microbiology
  • Bacteria / growth & development
  • Bacteria / isolation & purification
  • Bacteriological Techniques / methods
  • Blood Specimen Collection / methods
  • Culture Media
  • Fungemia / blood*
  • Fungemia / diagnosis*
  • Fungemia / microbiology
  • Fungi / growth & development
  • Fungi / isolation & purification
  • Humans
  • Virology / methods

Substances

  • Culture Media