Table 1.

Age, CRP values, WBC counts, and clinical diagnoses for patients with a positive pneumolysin PCR with peripheral blood specimensa

PatientAge (yrs)CRP value (mg/liter)WBC count (109/liter)Temp (°C)Clinical diagnosisPCR-positive blood fraction (agarose/Southern)b
13.018220.937.5Fever without infection focusP/P, W
22.615816.139.7PneumoniaW/W
31.420513.340.8PneumoniaP/P
41.515918.540.4Meningitis with blood culture-confirmed S. pneumoniae septicemiaW/W
54.014622.638.9Acute tonsillitisW/W
61.515721.937.5PneumoniaP/P
72.512126.440.3PneumococcemiaS/S
83.810526.339.8Fever without infection focusS/S
92.212720.839.2PneumoniaS/S
102.914323.140.4PneumoniaNegative/W
111.13217.338.0PneumoniaNegative/P
Mean2.414020.739.3
  • a CRP values, WBC counts, and temperatures are the highest values. P, plasma; W, WBC fraction; S, serum.

  • b Results are presented as follows: by agarose gel electrophoresis/by Southern hybridization.