volume 21, issue 2, P283-304 2007
DOI: 10.1016/j.idc.2007.03.012
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Abstract: A variety of methods, including direct examination of stained smears, antigen detection, routine and special cultures, and histopathologic evaluation are available for investigation of head and neck infections. Newer rapid molecular techniques with increased sensitivity and specificity are becoming available at many centers. Evaluation of specific causes in head and neck infections is complicated by the tendency for polymicrobial infections, difficulty in obtaining adequate specimens, and the presence of a div…

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