STREPTOCOCCUS PNEUMONIAE ANTIGEN-URINE OR CSF

Guidelines

This is a rapid assay for the detection of Streptococcus pneumoniae antigen in the urine of patients with pneumonia. It is intended, in conjunction with culture and other methods, to aid in the diagnosis of pneumococcal pneumonia. 

This test is also used for the detection of Streptococcus pneumoniae antigen in the CSF of patients with suspected bacterial meningitis. 

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

Random Urine, collect in sterile leak proof container

CSF according to CSF collection protocols

Minimum Volume

0.5 mL

Transport

Refrigerated (2-8°C); Boric acid may be used as a preservative

Stability

Urine – Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated (2-8°C) or frozen: 14 days
CSF- Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated (2-8°C) or frozen: 1 week

Testing Information

Performed

GSR 24/7

Reported

GSR 24/7

Reference Values

Comments

A negative test does not exclude infection with Streptococcus pneumoniae. 

This test has not been evaluated on patients taking antibiotics for more than 24 hours or on patients who have recently completed an antibiotic regime.  Streptococcus pneumoniae vaccine may cause false positive results in urine.  It is not recommended that this test be done within 5 days of receiving the vaccine.  The accuracy of this test has not been proven in young children.

Sensitivity information is available upon request.

Last Updated: Friday, April 24, 2020 12:24:56 PM