The nitrite indicator strip is an inexpensive and convenient method for detecting bacteriuria. Because it can be performed in the home by a parent without special equipment, it has proven to be particularly convenient for testing preschool children.1
A previous study2 showed that the nitrite indicator strip test performed on three consecutive first-morning voided urine specimens detected 85% of culture-confirmed bacteriuric adult women. This report indicates that the nitrite dipstrip test has a similar sensitivity in detecting bacteriuria in preschool girls.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
Twenty-one of the 26 bacteriuric girls detected in the previously reported screening program were tested at three-month intervals for periods of three months to two years, using nitrite indicator strips (Microstix-Nitrite, Ames Laboratory, Elkhart, Indiana), and urine cultures were preformed, using dip-slides (Uricult, Orion Laboratories, Helsinki).
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