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Unrecognised tuberculosis in HIV-infected patients: sputum culture is a useful tool

Swaminathan, S and Paramasivan, C N and kumar, S R and Mohan, V and Venkatesan, P (2004) Unrecognised tuberculosis in HIV-infected patients: sputum culture is a useful tool. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 8 (7). pp. 896-898. ISSN Print: 1027-3719; Online: 1815-7920

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Abstract

Diagnosis of tuberculosis is challenging, especially in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) positive persons who may have atypical clinical and radiographic features. We report the isolation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from sputum samples of 10 (4%) HIV-positive persons who were asymptomatic with normal chest radiographs and negative sputum smears for acid-fast bacilli. Six of them had strongly positive tuberculin reactions while four were severely immunosuppressed. Our observation highlights the utility of routine sputum culture in the diagnosis of tuberculosis in high-risk individuals.

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Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: tuberculosis; HIV; sputum culture; asymptomatic
Subjects: Tuberculosis > Clinical Research
Divisions: Clinical Research
Depositing User: Dr. Rathinasabapati R
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2013 06:24
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2016 10:35
URI: http://eprints.nirt.res.in/id/eprint/674

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