pseudoinfection

pseudoinfection

(sū'dō-in-fek'shŭn),
Laboratory evidence of the presence or activity of pathogenic microorganisms in the absence of infection; can result from colonization of the site without infection, contamination of the specimen, or laboratory error or misinterpretation yielding a false-positive test result for an infectious disease.
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Because NTM are common in the environment and resistant to commonly used disinfectants, they can be present in nonsterile patient material such as sputum and contaminated medical equipment (bronchoscope washers or samples in the laboratory) and consequently cause pseudoinfection (1,2).
Differentiating true infection from pseudoinfection is of paramount importance because treatment of M.
Several nosocomial outbreaks of infection or pseudoinfection have been attributed to this organism after cardiac surgery, bacteremia associated with hemodialysis, and pseudoinfections due to contaminated bronchoscopes (9).
Many outbreaks of infection or pseudoinfection occur through lack of prevention measures and ignorance of the source and transmission of opportunistic pathogens.
The reprocessor can also be disinfected automatically to prevent infection or pseudoinfection.