Diagnosis and Treatment

The "Schick test" can help to identify diphtheria sufferers in that it depends upon a patient's failure to react to a small amount of purified toxin injected subcutaneously, thus signaling the absence of antitoxin in the body, in turn indicating an absence of previous diphtheria infection. Because many factors can influence the accurate reading and interpretation of such a test, most laboratory diagnosis depends upon culture of the organism itself on enriched "blood agar" or the "Loffler slant" tellurite medium developed over a century ago. Penicillin, antitoxin, and maintenance of an open airway are the usual means of clinical intervention.

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