We assessed a real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay targeting the lytA and ply gene of Streptococcus pneumoniae. Both assays were applied to whole blood samples from 28 adult patients with community-acquired pneumonia. Our findings suggest thelytA PCR is more sensitive, and the quantitative aspect of the assay shows promise as an aid to clinical judgment.
|Journal||Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|