Fungal Pathogen Detection
The clinical presentation of certain bacterial infections can mimic that of a fungal infection. This may present a troubling scenario that can lead to clinicians choosing ineffective treatment regimens.
Traditional culture techniques can take weeks, falling short in terms of specificity, sensitivity, and time-to-diagnosis. Using molecular methods offers several features that overcome the current shortcomings for the diagnosis of fungal infections. RT-PCR assays have detection limits of a few gene copies per reaction, providing the ability to detect a fraction of an organism. RT-PCR provides rapid pathogen detection and confirmation and can detect co-morbid pathogens that fail to grow by culture. Providing rapid results helps patients avoid unnecessary drug exposure by guiding physicians toward effective courses of treatment.
PATHMD offers an RT-PCR-based Fungal Detection Panel that detects 20 pathogens and 1 antibiotic resistance marker (mecA for Oxacillin resistance) from nail clippings or Wound Swabs (Copan eSwab) within 48 hours.
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