Value of sputum examination in predicting prognosis during short course chemotherapy
Chandrasekaran, Sujatha; Rajalakshmi, R. and Jagota, P. (1993) Value of sputum examination in predicting prognosis during short course chemotherapy. NTI Bulletin, 29 (3&4). pp. 41-44.
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Bacteriological examination of sputum is known to be the best tool for monitoring the efficacy of chemotherapy for pulmonary tuberculosis: mycobacterial culture being the ideal with its ability to differentiate between the dead and live organisms. The disadvantages of mycobacterial culture examination are well understood. It is time consuming, expensive, needs special equipments and high quality trained technicians. Hence, it is rarely used for diagnostic purposes. It has a role in predicting the outcome of treatment, but the prospect of its use on a routine scale in developing countries for this purpose is very doubtful. This paper examines the value of smear microscopy after two months of chemotherapy for the purpose of predicting the final outcome of treatment.
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