Manoj Kumar Bhattacharya

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Detection of acid-fast bacilli (AFB) by sputum smear supports treatment decisions with pulmonary tuberculosis (TB), but smear sensitivity for Mycobacterium tuberculosis is only approximately 45 to 75%. In an effort to increase sensitivity, smears were prepared using a minimum sputum volume of 5.0 ml. Sensitivity of smears during a 39-mo period (n = 1,849)(More)
At the Veterans Affairs Lakeside Medical Center, two episodes of specimen cross-contamination with Mycobacterium tuberculosis were detected during a 54-month period by molecular strain typing using DNA restriction fragment length polymorphism for 3 patients without clinical or radiologic signs of tuberculosis (TB). A cross-contaminated specimen was the only(More)
Fungal infections of the central nervous system in three apparently immunocompetent patients are being reported. Two cases of cerebral aspergillosis presenting as intracranial granulomas such as rhinocerebral and intracranial forms, and one of cryptococcal meningitis could be successfully diagnosed by newer diagnostic modality such as antigen detection(More)
BACKGROUND There are very few published reports of upper cervical spine injuries from our country and there is a heavy bias towards operative treatment of these injuries. We present below our experience of upper cervical injuries over the last four years. MATERIALS AND METHODS Twenty eight patients (20 males, 8 females) with upper cervical spine injury(More)
A member of the Enterobacteriaceae initially identified as Kluyvera cryocrescens by the MicroScan Gram-Negative Combo 13 panel caused an outbreak of nosocomial infections in four patients (pneumonia, n = 2; urinary tract infection, n = 1; wound infection, n = 1) and urinary tract colonization in one patient. When the strains were tested by the Enteric(More)
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