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BACKGROUND Sputum smear microscopy is the main tool for the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB), especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Limited sensitivity of smear microscopy and patient dropouts (PDs) are the important obstacles of national TB control programs. OBJECTIVES (1) To assess the diagnostic utility of the same day (SS2)… (More)
INTRODUCTION The tuberculosis control program is based on a felt need-oriented basis. The diagnosis is mainly microbiological. However, sputum smear-negative Acid Fast Bacilli (AFB) cases with suspected radiological findings can be problematic in diagnosis. OBJECTIVES To confirm the diagnosis of tuberculosis early, in smear-negative AFB cases by using a… (More)