Characterization of bacteria causing acute otitis media using Raman microspectroscopy

Oscar D Ayala, Catherine Wakeman, I J Pence, C M O'Brien, J A Werkhaven, Eric P Skaar, Anita Mahadevan-Jansen

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Otitis media (OM) is a prevalent disease that is the most frequent cause of acute physician visits and prescription of antibiotics for children. Current methods to diagnose OM and differentiate between the two main types of OM, acute otitis media (AOM) and otitis media with effusion (OME), rely on interpreting symptoms that may overlap between them. Since AOM requires antibiotic treatment and OME does not, there is a clinical need to distinguish between AOM and OME to determine whether antibiotic treatment is necessary and guide future prescriptions. We used an optical spectroscopy technique, Raman spectroscopy (RS), to identify and characterize the biochemical features of the three main pathogens that cause AOM in vitro. A Renishaw inVia confocal Raman microscope at 785 nm was used to spectrally investigate the Raman signatures of Haemophilus influenzae, Moraxella catarrhalis, and Streptococcus pneumoniae. Biochemical features or biomarkers important for classification of each bacter
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8
JournalAnalytical Methods
StatePublished - Feb 20 2017


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