Clinical Lab Investigations: Case Studies for the Lab Professional, Case set #19 – A Microbiology Case: Reality Bites – And So Do Dogs (by ASCLS)

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Kathryn E. Webster, MS, MT(ASCP) Meridee VanDraska, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM Beverly J. Barham, Ph.D., MT(ASCP)

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Earn 1.0 contact hour of P.A.C.E.® - approved continuing education credit conveniently at your own pace by downloading this case and successfully completing the corresponding quiz. Each case study is designed to take you beyond the laboratory test and investigate the causes for abnormal laboratory results.

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  • Distinguish Capnocytophaga canimorsus from Pasteurella spp. using motility, indole, growth requirements, and characteristic staining.
  • Compare the differences between the following conditions: standard aerobic, standard anaerobic, microaerophilic, and capnophilic environments.
  • Discuss the differences in potential for infection between dog and cat bites.
  • Describe the preferred growth conditions of Capnocytophaga canimorsus, including temperature, CO2 level, and media.
  • List the mechanisms that contribute to the pathogenicity of Capnocytophaga canimorsus.
  • Discuss which antimicrobial therapies are effective or ineffective against Capnocytophaga canimorsus.
  • Describe the symptoms of an animal bite infection.

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  • CLI Case set #19_Summer 2015
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