Rappelli, Paola and Are, Riccardo and Casu, Giuseppe and Fiori, Pier Luigi and Cappuccinelli, Pietro Antonio and Aceti, Antonio (1998) Development of a nested PCR for detection of Cryptococcus neoformans in cerebrospinal fluid. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Vol. 36 (11), p. 3438-3440. eISSN 1098-660X. Article.
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We report the development of a nested-PCR-based assay for the detection of Cryptococcus neoformans in cerebrospinal fluid. The specificity and sensitivity of the test were assessed. The technique was then applied to 40 cerebrospinal fluid samples. We obtained positive reactions for all 21 clinical samples from patients who had been previously diagnosed as having cryptococcal meningitis by conventional techniques and negative reactions for all 19 negative controls. Nested PCR is here compared with other diagnostic methods currently used in patients’ follow-up exams during anticryptococcal therapy.
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