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We evaluated an enzyme-linked immunospot assay for interferon-gamma (T SPOT-TB) for rapid diagnosis of active tuberculosis (TB) in a disease-endemic area. From January to June 2005, patients whose clinical symptoms and radiographic findings were compatible with TB were recruited, and a blood sample was obtained for T SPOT-TB assay within 7 days of(More)
In the era of targeted therapy, the association between lung adenocarcinoma patient survival and malignant pleural effusions (MPEs) remains unclear. This study investigated the clinical characteristics, survival and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene (EGFR) mutation status of lung adenocarcinoma patients with MPE. From June 2005 to December 2010,(More)
Shih received honoraria from AstraZeneca and Roche for talks. All other authors report no conflict of interest. ABSTRACT: Malignant pleural effusion (MPE) is a useful specimen allowing for the evaluation of EGFR status in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, direct sequencing of genomic DNA from MPE samples was found not sensitive for EGFR-mutation(More)
OBJECTIVES The International Consensus Diagnostic Criteria (ICDC) designed to diagnosis autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) has been proposed recently. The diagnostic performance of ICDC has not been previously evaluated in diffuse-type and focal-type AIP, respectively, in comparison with the revised HISORt and Asian criteria in Taiwan. DESIGN Prospective,(More)
The diagnosis of malignant pleural effusions is an important issue in the management of malignancy patients. Generally, cytologic examination is a routine diagnostic technique. However, morphological interpretation of cytology is sometimes inconclusive. Here an ancillary method named BMVC test is developed for rapid detection of malignant pleural effusion(More)
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