BACKGROUND: Pleural infection is common, and has a >30% major morbidity and mortality-particularly when infection is caused by Gram-negative, Staphylococcus aureus or mixed aerobic pathogens. Standard pleural fluid culture is negative in ∼40% of cases. Culturing pleural fluid in blood culture bottles may increase microbial yield, and is cheap and easy to perform. OBJECTIVES: To determine whether inoculating pleural fluid into blood culture bottles increases the culture positivity of pleura...Expand abstract
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Blood culture bottle culture of pleural fluid in pleural infection.
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