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July 1974

Recovery of Neisseria meningitidis From the Nasopharynx: Comparison of Two Techniques

Author Affiliations

Great Lakes, Ill
From Naval Medical Research Unit No. 4, Great Lakes, Ill. Dr. Hoeffler is now with the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Navy Department, Washington, DC.

Am J Dis Child. 1974;128(1):54-56. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110260056009

One hundred eighty Naval recruits' nasopharyngeal cultures obtained by one of three methods utilizing transnasal and transoral approaches. Analysis of the results indicated that the transoral approach was at least as sensitive as the transnasal approach in detecting carrier states of Neisseria meningitidis. Physicians should adopt the transoral approach for both pediatric and adult age groups.

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