Sensitivity of midturbinate versus nasopharyngeal swabs for the detection of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Abstract To compare sensitivity of specimens for COVID-19 diagnosis, we tested 151 nasopharyngeal/midturbinate swab pairs from 117 COVID-19 inpatients using reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Sensitivity was 94% for nasopharyngeal and 75% for midturbinate swabs (P = .0001). In 88 nasopharyngeal/midturbinate pairs with matched saliva, sensitivity was 86% for nasopharyngeal swabs and 88% for combined midturbinate swabs/saliva.

authors

  • Jamal, Alainna J
  • Mozafarihashjin, Mohammad
  • Coomes, Eric
  • Anceva-Sami, Sofia
  • Barati, Shiva
  • Crowl, Gloria
  • Faheem, Amna
  • Farooqi, Lubna
  • Kandel, Christopher E
  • Khan, Saman
  • Li, Angel X
  • Mistry, Henna
  • Paterson, Aimee
  • Plenderleith, Simon
  • Prost, Karren
  • Poutanen, Susan
  • Powis, Jeff
  • Schryer, Renée
  • Taylor, Maureen
  • Yip, Lily
  • Zhong, Xi Zoe
  • McGeer, Allison J
  • Mubareka, Samira

publication date

  • November 18, 2020