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Neisseria gonorrhoeae confirmatory testing: helpful or a hindrance?
  1. Jonathan S Moore1,
  2. Nicole Gaukrodger2,
  3. Giuseppe Bignardi1
  1. 1 Microbiology Department, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, Sunderland, UK
  2. 2 Microbiology Department, South of Tyne Pathology Laboratories, Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Gateshead, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jonathan S Moore, Microbiology Department, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, Kayll Road, Sunderland SR4 7TP, UK; Jonathan.Moore2{at}

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We read with interest the paper by Perry et al 1 as we have just reviewed the performance of our own Neisseria gonorrhoea confirmatory testing strategy. We confirm extragenital samples positive for N. gonorrhoeae on the Cobas 4800NG using the CE-marked Duplicα real-time 2nd generation detection kit (Euroclone diagnostics).

Of 76 pharyngeal samples testing positive on the Cobas 4800NG, only 25 (33%) confirmed on the Duplicα platform. However, 26/51 (51%) patients with unconfirmed …

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