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microlect3Dhaemophilus

  • A 2-year-old unvaccinated child was seen in the emergency room because of complaints of headache and fever
  • A cerebrospinal fluid(CSF) sample was obtained and sent to the laboratory for culture
  • The Gram stain showed many white blood cells and many gram-negative, small bacilli

 

  • What clinical findings led the physician to request a CSF culture?
  • Based on the patient’s age, which organism would be suspected?
  • What growth requirements must be met to recover the suspected agent?
  • Which other fastidious organisms would be considered?
  • Other points to consider

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