Use of a Leukocyte Esterase Dipstick to Detect Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae Urethritis in Asymptomatic Adolescent Male Detainees

O'Brien, Stephen F.; Bell, Thomas A.; Farrow, James A.
December 1988
American Journal of Public Health;Dec1988, Vol. 78 Issue 12, p1583
Academic Journal
Abstract: We tested 91 asymptomatic adolescent male detainees in a short-stay detention facility in Seattle, Washington for the presence of leukocyte esterase in first-catch urine and for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae infection. C. trachomatis was isolated from 10 subjects (11 per ¢) and N. gonorrhoeae from five (5 per ¢). Dipsticks detected leukocyte esterase in the urine of all 15 subjects with either infection and of 13 subjects with neither infection. Detection of leukocyte esterase was 100 per ¢ sensitive, 83 per ¢ specific, and 54 per ¢ predictive for the presence of either organism.


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