Microbiological and Immunological Assays of Antimicrobials
In antibiotic therapy, assays of serum (or other body fluids) from patients are performed for two principle reasons: to ensure that sufficient agent is present for adequate therapy and to monitor the patient for potentially toxic concentrations of the agent administered. Of the many methods of assay that are available, two, namely microbiological and immunological are mainly used in routine microbiological laboratories. In this paper I wish to examine the major advantages and drawbacks of the two methods.
KeywordsLatex Agglutination Microbiological Assay Immunological Assay Agar Diffusion Assay Serum Gentamicin
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