Molecular detection of Bartonella quintana DNA in the dental pulp of a homeless patient
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- Aboudharam, G., Fournier, P., Drancourt, M. et al. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis (2004) 23: 920. doi:10.1007/s10096-004-1244-z
Dental pulp has been proposed as a suitable tissue sample for the identification of pathogenic organisms. Using PCR with two specific gene targets, Bartonella quintana DNA was detected in the dental pulp extracted from the tooth of a homeless patient. The patient had been bacteremic 6 months previously but was not when the tooth was sampled.