New Test for Pneumonia Antigen

Author: Monica Preboth
Date: Nov 15, 1999

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a first-of-a-kind urine test for Streptococcus pneumoniae, a leading cause of pneumonia. The test should be used in conjunction with review of a patient's symptoms to rule out other causes of pneumonia. Test results are available within 15 minutes.

A swab is dipped into a urine specimen, removed and inserted into the test device. A positive result indicates that the patient most likely has pneumococcal pneumonia. A culture should be performed to confirm the test results.

In clinical trials, the test was found to be 93 percent accurate in detecting S. pneumoniae when it was performed on urine samples from 373 patients known to have pneumococcal pneumonia.

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