Topics Discussed: laboratory diagnosis; laboratory examination.
Sections: Specimen Collection and Transport for Bacteria and Fungi, Tests for Bacterial Infections, Tests for Fungal Infections, Specimen Collection and Transport for Parasites, Tests for Parasitic Infections, Specimen Collection and Testing for Selected Body Sites, References.
Excerpt:"The appropriate use of tests for infectious diseases of children is critical to determining the correct diagnosis. The keys to successful testing are collection and transport of an appropriate specimen to the laboratory and correct performance of the right test in the laboratory. Communication between the clinician and laboratory staff is important in diagnostic testing, particularly if a rare or fastidious organism is suspected. General guidelines for specimen collection and transport are included in this chapter, but it is important to seek guidance from the laboratory which will be performing the test, as practice varies between laboratories...."
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