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The effect of boric acid on bacterial culture of canine and feline urine.
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PMID:  21967098     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Objective: To identify the optimal method of submission of canine and feline urine for bacterial culture. Methods: Cystocentesis samples from 250 animals (200 dogs, 50 cats) suspected of having urinary tract infections were collected. The reference aliquot, without preservative, was processed on site within 2 hours. Two further aliquots (one without preservative, one with boric acid) were stored at room temperature for up to 7 hours and then posted by guaranteed next day delivery to a commercial laboratory for analysis. Results: Forty-seven of the samples were positive on culture in the reference test. There was no significant difference between reference test results and those of samples posted without preservative (P=0·39), but samples posted in boric acid were significantly less likely to give a positive result (P=0·01). Samples posted without preservative had a sensitivity of 82% and a specificity of 98%; for boric acid, sensitivity was 73% and specificity 99%. Clinical Significance: Postal urine samples should be submitted to the laboratory in a plain sterile tube.
M Rowlands; L Blackwood; A Mas; P Cripps; C Crompton; R Burrow
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of small animal practice     Volume:  52     ISSN:  1748-5827     ISO Abbreviation:  J Small Anim Pract     Publication Date:  2011 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-04     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0165053     Medline TA:  J Small Anim Pract     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  510-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2011 British Small Animal Veterinary Association.
Small Animal Teaching Hospital, University of Liverpool, Chester High Road, Neston, Cheshire CH64 7TE Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Institute of Infection and Global Health, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of Liverpool, Leahurst, Neston, Cheshire CH64 7TE Idexx Laboratories, Grange House, Sandbeck Way, Wetherby, West Yorkshire LS22 7DN.
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