Evaluation of methods of sputum collection in the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis

Majumdar, S.S.; Kunte, A.B. and Menon, C.R.N. (1962) Evaluation of methods of sputum collection in the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis. Indian Journal of Tuberculosis, 10 (1). pp. 15-18.

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This study has shown that there is no significant loss of positive results if spot specimen of sputum is used in place of collection specimen for bacteriological confirmation in the newly diagnosed patients of pulmonary tuberculosis. This appears to be so even in patients with less extensive and non-cavitatory disease. While collection specimen may be used in individual doubtful case, it is not necessary in every patient. Numerically inferior positive results from spot specimen of sputum are more than made up by its other advantages—mainly that it can be obtained easily from every patient attending the clinic. Hence it can be used as a routine for finding bacillary cases amongst newly diagnosed patients in a TB clinic, taking the aid of laryngeal-swab where necessary, for obtaining satisfactory sputum or culturing the swab itself when no sputum is available.

EPrint Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Sputum Collection, Sputum Specimen, Diagnosis, Pulmonary Tuberculosis,
Subjects:Fluids and Secretions > Bodily Secretions > Sputum
Investigative Techniques > Microscopy
Respiratory Tract Diseases > Respiratory Tract Infections > Tuberculosis, Pulmonary
Respiratory Tract Diseases > Lung Diseases > Tuberculosis, Pulmonary
-Journal Repositories > Indian Journal of Tuberculosis
Diagnosis > Laboratory Techniques and Procedures
ID Code:942
Deposited By:Mrs Naina Pandita
Deposited On:18 October 2005

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