R. RUSSELL MARTIN, M.D.
To the editor: In the July 1972 issue (1), Drs. Crowder and White have documented the usefulness of antibodies to staphylococcal teichoic acid in the diagnosis of endocarditis caused by Staphylococcus aureus. Since staphylococcal endocarditis is a diagnosis that must often be considered when a febrile illness develops after cardiac surgery or in drug addicts with acute infections, the simple and rapid gel diffusion screening test for abnormal levels of antibodies can be an important adjunct to the blood culture in evaluating these and other patients who might have staphylococcal endocarditis.
Although only about one half of patients with documented
MARTIN RR. Staphylococcus and Teichoic Acid. Ann Intern Med. ;77:813–814. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-77-5-813
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;77(5):813-814.
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