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D Zone Test for Inducible Clindamycin Resistance in Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)

Specialty:

Infectious Diseases
Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Clinical Laboratory

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Description:

The emergence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a serious problem in outpatients, especially children, for whom parenteral antibiotics may seem inappropriate. Some patients can be treated with clindamycin, but inducible resistance may occur in some strains that appear susceptible in broth susceptibility tests. The D-zone disk diffusion test can help identify strains with inducible resistance to clindamycin.

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