Patients’ Breath May Be Used to Detect P. aeruginosa Infection

Patients’ Breath May Be Used to Detect P. aeruginosa Infection

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Patients’ Breath May Be Used to Detect P. aeruginosa Infection

Lower levels of certain volatile molecules in the breath of children and adults with cystic fibrosis (CF) can distinguish with good accuracy between those with and without Pseudomonas aeruginosa lung infection, a Dutch study shows. Notably, a reduction in the levels of a single molecule, called ethyl acetate, was a good predictor of P. aeruginosa infection in pediatric patients, allowing the correct identification of all children positive for P. aeruginosa. In adults, a combination of five…

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