Kingella kingae PCR - Joint/Synovial Fluid
Alternate test name
Septic arthritis, osteoarthritis, bacteremia, culture negative endocarditis (HACEK)
Gene name / Alternate gene name
RTX toxin gene (rtxB)
Microbiology - Molecular
Method and equipment
Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction
Expected turn-around time
- Joint / Synovial fluid
- 0.4 mL minimum
- send in sterile screw top tube/container
Storage and transportation
- All specimens must be shipped on dry ice.
- Exception: specimens that arrive at SickKids within 24hrs from time of collection can be shipped on ice packs.
For diagnosis of septic arthritis in previously healthy children <= 6 years of age.
Background and clinical significance
Kingella kingae is an important cause of septic arthritis in young children. Its fastidious nature makes it difficult to culture. K. kingae is also an important cause of culture negative endocarditis (HACEK group) in children and adults .
- Septic arthritis
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