The microbiome of the nasopharynx

Matthew Flynn, JSG Dooley

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The nasopharyngeal microbiome is a dynamic microbial interface of the aerodigestive tract, and a diagnostic window in the fight against respiratory infections and antimicrobial resistance. As its constituent bacteria, viruses and mycobacteria become better understood and sampling accuracy improves, diagnostics of the nasopharynx could guide more personalized care of infections of surrounding areas including the lungs, ears and sinuses. This review will summarize the current literature from a clinical perspective and highlight its growing importance in diagnostics and infectious disease management.
Original languageEnglish
Article number001368
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Medical Microbiology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 24 Jun 2021

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  • nasopharyngeal
  • microbiome
  • respiratory virus
  • bacterial infection
  • Drug Resistance, Microbial
  • Microbiota
  • Virome
  • Humans
  • Nasopharynx/microbiology
  • Environment
  • Mycobacterium/physiology
  • Otitis Media/microbiology


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