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

Jacobson, Rachael K., Notaro, Marysa J., Carr, Grant J.
Journal of microbiological methods 2019 v.157 pp. 93-99
Neisseria gonorrhoeae, agar, antibiotic resistance, azithromycin, ceftriaxone, ciprofloxacin, disease transmission, minimum inhibitory concentration
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.