A Comparison of Two Methods of Sputum Collection in the Diagnosis of Pulmonary Tuberculosis

Andrews, R H and Radhakrishna, S (1959) A Comparison of Two Methods of Sputum Collection in the Diagnosis of Pulmonary Tuberculosis. Tubercle, 40 (3). pp. 155-162. ISSN 0041-3879

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It is generally accepted that a specimen of sputum collected over a period of hours, whether an overnight specimen or a twenty-four-hour specimen, is more valuable for the identification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis than one produced immediately upon request (Kolmer and Boerner, 1945; McIntosh and Whitby, 1930). In a hospital or an established outpatient clinic there should be little difficulty in collecting an overnight specimen, but in less favourable circumstances, such as may be encountered in diagnostic and survey work under field conditions, it may only be practicable to obtain an immediate specimen in the clinic or home. It is, therefore important to know what percentage of positive findings can be obtained from such specimens compared with overnight specimens. The present report gives the results of a comparison of these two types of specimens collected from patients at the Tuberculosis Chemotherapy Centre, Madras.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Tuberculosis > Clinical Research
Tuberculosis > Operational Research
Divisions: Clinical Research
Depositing User: Dr. Rathinasabapati R
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2013 06:36
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2016 10:35
URI: http://eprints.nirt.res.in/id/eprint/12

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