Non-culturable Pathogenic Bacteria: Challenge to Lab Diagnosis

By Acharya Tankeshwar •  Updated: 06/21/21 •  2 min read

Culture is one of the most widely used laboratory diagnostic tools. Culture helps microbiologists in the identification and characterization of the causative agents of the disease. To perform antimicrobial susceptibility tests, microbiologists have to grow the bacteria in the laboratory media (though now antimicrobial resistance can be assessed better by molecular diagnostic tools).  

Due to the specific nutritional requirements of bacteria, a single media can not support the growth of all be bacteria so there are various bacteriologic media to help for the growth of specific bacteria. But still, there are some bacteria that can not be cultured (or grown) in the bacteriologic media available to date:  

Nine banded armadillo
Nine banded armadillo

Bacteria that can be cultured: but rarely cultured in standard clinical laboratory

Acharya Tankeshwar

Hello, thank you for visiting my blog. I am Tankeshwar Acharya. Blogging is my passion. As an asst. professor, I am teaching microbiology and immunology to medical and nursing students at PAHS, Nepal. I have been working as a microbiologist at Patan hospital for more than 10 years.

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