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Table 3 Accuracy of pathogen detection during septic episodes using PCR and microbiological blood culture (MC)

From: Prospective comparison of a PCR assay and a microbiological culture technique for identification of pathogens from blood and non-blood samples in septic patients

Septic episodes (n = 87) MC (−) MC (+) Total
PCR (−) 17 (20) 3 (3) 20 (23)
PCR (+) 27 (31) 40 (46) 67 (77)
Total 44 (51) 43 (49) 87
  1. Data given as number (percent) of cases