BURTON R. ANDERSEN, M.D.; WUTHISAK SOONATTRAKUL, M.D.
To the editor: Matula and Paterson (1) have reported that all of their patients with untreated bacteremia had positive nitroblue tetrazolium (NBT) tests. We have seen a patient with bacteremia, probably due to endocarditis, who had an unusual response of her neutrophils to the NBT dye.
A 65-year-old woman with adult-onset diabetes was admitted to the hospital because of cough and left-chest pain of 3 months' duration. She was pale and weak but afebrile. She had slight cardiomegaly, signs of early congestive heart failure, and a loud pansystolic murmur at the apex that had been present for many years. A
ANDERSEN BR, SOONATTRAKUL W. Neutrophilic Reduction of NBT Dye: Acquired Defect. Ann Intern Med. 1973;78:301–302. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-2-301_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(2):301-302.
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