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Streptococcus viridans—Not!

Streptococcus viridans—Not! Abstract Sir.—The otherwise useful report by Abadco et al1 in the September 1992 issue of AJDC is marred by repeated use of the incorrect term Streptococcus viridans. This, of course, does not refer to a specific genus and species but rather to a large group of α-hemolytic streptococci, correctly designated as viridans streptococci (nonitalicized). Nevertheless, the authors are correct in discounting these organisms as pathogens when isolated from bronchoalveolar lavage specimens, as they serve only to indicate that oral flora have contaminated the lavage specimen. References 1. Abadco DL, Amaro-Galvez R, Rao M, Steiner P. Experience with flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage as a diagnostic tool in children with AIDS . AJDC . 1992;146: 1056-1059. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Diseases of Children American Medical Association

Streptococcus viridans—Not!

Abstract

Abstract Sir.—The otherwise useful report by Abadco et al1 in the September 1992 issue of AJDC is marred by repeated use of the incorrect term Streptococcus viridans. This, of course, does not refer to a specific genus and species but rather to a large group of α-hemolytic streptococci, correctly designated as viridans streptococci (nonitalicized). Nevertheless, the authors are correct in discounting these organisms as pathogens when isolated from bronchoalveolar lavage specimens,...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
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Copyright © 1993 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0002-922X
DOI
10.1001/archpedi.1993.02160300017009
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Abstract

Abstract Sir.—The otherwise useful report by Abadco et al1 in the September 1992 issue of AJDC is marred by repeated use of the incorrect term Streptococcus viridans. This, of course, does not refer to a specific genus and species but rather to a large group of α-hemolytic streptococci, correctly designated as viridans streptococci (nonitalicized). Nevertheless, the authors are correct in discounting these organisms as pathogens when isolated from bronchoalveolar lavage specimens, as they serve only to indicate that oral flora have contaminated the lavage specimen. References 1. Abadco DL, Amaro-Galvez R, Rao M, Steiner P. Experience with flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage as a diagnostic tool in children with AIDS . AJDC . 1992;146: 1056-1059.

Journal

American Journal of Diseases of ChildrenAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jun 1, 1993

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