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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

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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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