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Molecular detection of Bartonella quintana DNA in the dental pulp of a homeless patient


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.

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Aboudharam, G., Fournier, PE., Drancourt, M. et al. Molecular detection of Bartonella quintana DNA in the dental pulp of a homeless patient. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis 23, 920–922 (2004).

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  • Blood Culture
  • Dental Pulp
  • Tooth Extraction
  • Homeless People
  • Coxiella Burnetii