Hong Kong Med J 2008;14(Suppl 5):S11-4
Formulation of a multiplex-reverse-transcription-polymerase-chain-reaction–based screening protocol to facilitate rapid clinical diagnosis of respiratory tract infections
PKS Chan, EWC Chan, TF Fok, PC Ng, TF Leung
Prince of Wales Hospital, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong
1. Use of multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays can improve the diagnostic yield in terms of overall sensitivity and spectrum of detection for respiratory tract infections.
2. The broad coverage and rapid turn-around achieved by multiplex PCR allows prompt measures in response to serious respiratory tract infections.
3. Implementation of multiplex PCR testing to routine diagnostics is recommended.