Microbiological and Immunological Assays of Antimicrobials

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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.


Latex Agglutination Microbiological Assay Immunological Assay Agar Diffusion Assay Serum Gentamicin 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Wise
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyDudley Road HospitalBirminghamGreat Britain

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