Author(s): Dennis JA, Martinez OV, Landy DC, Malinin TI, Morris PR,
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Abstract Tissues from 78 musculoskeletal donors were concurrently tested for microorganisms using both a swab and liquid culture method. An aggregate total of 20 organisms were detected by both methods. The swab detected 4/20 organisms while the liquid culture detected 18/20 organisms. The swab method yielded sensitivity and negative predictive values of 20 and 92.3\%, respectively. Comparatively, the liquid culture displayed a sensitivity of 90\% and a negative predictive value of 99\%. These results clearly demonstrate that the liquid culture method is superior to swab cultures in microbial detection. Additional studies are necessary to determine the optimal culture conditions for different types of tissues when utilizing the liquid culture method.
This article was published in Cell Tissue Bank
and referenced in Dentistry