n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Laboratory diagnosis of paediatric lower respiratory tract infection : more about... microbiology

Volume 26, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



In the past tissue culture techniques, which were the gold standard, were used to detect respiratory viruses. However, these techniques are time consuming, with decreased sensitivity, compared with molecular testing that is only performed in a few specialised laboratories. Serology is rarely helpful during acute disease owing to the possible time delay before seroconversion.

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