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Efficacy of the Xpert Mycobacterium tuberculosis/rifampicin assay for diagnosing sputum-smear negative or sputum scarce pulmonary tuberculosis in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid – MD Linx

MDLinx original journal summary on Tuberculosis (TB), Infectious Disease from International Journal of Infectious Diseases



In view of the challenges faced in the bacteriological diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis, researchers herein evaluate the diagnostic performance of the Xpert Mycobacterium tuberculosis/Rifampin (MTB/RIF) assay, smear microscopy (SM), and MTB cultures using MTB cultures or final clinical diagnoses as the reference standards. The clinical data from 671 sputum-smear negative or sputum scarce adult patients with suspected PTB who had an Xpert MTB/RIF assay performed on bronchoalveolar lavage fluid…

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