Kingella kingae PCR - Joint/Synovial Fluid
Septic arthritis, osteoarthritis, bacteremia, culture negative endocarditis (HACEK)
RTX toxin gene (rtxB)
Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction
- Joint / Synovial fluid
- 0.4 mL minimum
- send in sterile screw top tube/container
- All specimens must be shipped on dry ice.
- Exception: specimens that arrive at SickKids within 24hrs from time of collection can be shipped on ice packs.
For diagnosis of septic arthritis in previously healthy children <= 6 years of age.
Kingella kingae is an important cause of septic arthritis in young children. Its fastidious nature makes it difficult to culture. K. kingae is also an important cause of culture negative endocarditis (HACEK group) in children and adults .
- Septic arthritis
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