Evaluation of five gentamicin assay procedures for clinical microbiology laboratories

S. T. Selepak, F. G. Witebsky, E. A. Robertson, J. D. MacLowry

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Five gentamicin assay procedures (a bioassay, an enzyme immunoassay, a latex agglutination inhibition test, a fluorescence immunoassay, and a radioimmunoassay) were evaluated to determine which was optimal for our laboratory. The evaluation was based on recovery and precision studies and results of analyses of patient samples, as well as technical assay performance factors. The latex agglutination inhibition test appears useful for laboratories performing only occasional assays for gentamicin; however, the fact that some rheumatoid factor-positive sera, as well as some other sera for unknown reasons, may give falsely low values is a potential drawback to this procedure. Because of its accuracy, precision, rapid turn-around time, and relative simplicity of performance, we selected the enzyme immunoassay procedure for routine use for gentamicin assays in our laboratory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)742-749
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1981
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)


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