Testing the golden rules of infectious diseases: staphylococcal bacteriuria is predictive of staphylococcal bacteraemia

Janine M Trevillyan and Denis Spelman
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10610
Published online: 6 August 2012

To the Editor: Medical students around the world are taught that staphylococcal bacteriuria may be indicative of concurrent bacteraemia.1 Yet there is little published evidence to support this “golden rule” of infectious diseases, and a retrospective review has suggested that no such relationship exists.2

  • Janine M Trevillyan
  • Denis Spelman

  • Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.


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