Comparison of Neisseria gonorrhoeae minimum inhibitory concentrations obtained using agar dilution versus microbroth dilution methods

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With increasing antibiotic resistance observed amongst clinical isolates of Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the second most prevalent sexually transmitted bacterial disease in the United States, there is still a need for antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST). The current method recommended by the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute is agar dilution. In this study, we show that a commercially available version of Fastidious Broth is capable of supporting N. gonorrhoeae in the evaluation of minimum inhibitory concentrations of 4 antibiotics (ceftriaxone, azithromycin, ciprofloxacin, and tetracycline), when comparing the agar dilution (AD) versus microbroth dilution (MBD) method and the susceptibilities obtained for 32 N. gonorrhoeae isolates. Herein, 3 out of the 4 antibiotics tested showed 94% or greater essential agreement (EA) and 91% or greater categorical agreement (CA) respectively, when comparing the MBD versus AD methods.

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