A study of repeated bacteriological examinations in a tuberculosis survey
Barton, R.M. (1956) A study of repeated bacteriological examinations in a tuberculosis survey. Indian Journal of Tuberculosis, 3 (4). pp. 117-120.
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The superior value of the overnight sputum specimens has been shown there appears to be little object in adding laryngeal swab and immediate sputum culture. Except where atmospheric temperatures are high it seems as if it would enough to collect specimens of sputum overnight and deal with these on return laboratory. This would simplify the work considerably as no laboratory need taken to the field and the work in the home laboratory could be more efficient free from contaminations which are often a trouble in the field. Where atmospheric temperatures are high, it is of advantage to do a sputum swab culture in the field. If, however, it is impossible to obtain any overnight specimen, a laryngeal swab culture plus immediate expectorate with smear and culture could be expected yield about 90 per cent of the positives which could be obtained by the overnight specimen.
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