Point-of-care antibiotic susceptibility testing for gonorrhoea: Improving therapeutic options and sparing the use of cephalosporins

  • Sadiq S
  • Dave J
  • Butcher P
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Abstract

Point-of-care susceptibility testing for gonococcus allows individualised antibiotic treatment despite high local resis- tance rates, sparing cephalosporin use.
< Most known genetic markers of resistance currently have a limited role in predicting phenotypic resistance, but evidence suggests their absence can accurately predict susceptibility.
< Modern microengineered nanotechnologies may provide the basis for point-of-care susceptibility testing in the near future. < Rapid tests remain dependent upon surveillance programmes to monitor for new emerging resistant strains of gonorrhoea.

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Authors

  • S. T. Sadiq

  • J. Dave

  • P. D. Butcher

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