Jessica D. Burns, MD
Osteoarticular infections (OAI) are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. Cultures and serology are some of the gold standards for identifying infection but are often unable to provide a timely diagnosis or a diagnosis at all. Genetic testing offers capabilities that other modalities lack. Polymerase chain reaction has multiple versions with various costs and turnaround times. This technology has become implemented in multiple pediatric center OAI diagnostic protocols.