European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 147, Issue 6, pp 632–633

A modified nitrite test as a screening test for significant bacteriuria

  • H. Tahirović
  • M. Pašić
Short Communication

DOI: 10.1007/BF00442479

Cite this article as:
Tahirović, H. & Pašić, M. Eur J Pediatr (1988) 147: 632. doi:10.1007/BF00442479


The presence of nitrite was initialy assessed in 306 specimens of urine. If the initial result was negative a sample of urine was incubated at 37°C. The other portion was also incubated but with the addition of one drop of 1% NaNO3, and the nitrite test was then repeated. The results were correlated with the results of quantitative routine urine culture. The modified test significantly (P<0.01) improved the sensitivity (93% v 21%), and the predictive negative value (97% v 80%).

Key words

Modified nitrite test Bacteriuria Children 



urinary tract infections

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© Springer-Verlag 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Tahirović
    • 1
  • M. Pašić
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PaediatricsUniversity of TuzlaTuzlaYugoslavia

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