[Sensitivity of microscopy for detection of mycobacterium tuberculosis and MOTT (mycobacteria other than tuberculosis) on the basis of analysis 22.218 clinical materials submitted in 1998-2001 to the Department of Microbiology in National Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases Research Institute in Warsaw, Poland].


The results of 22.218 respiratory specimens sent to our laboratory were studied to determine the sensitivity of the Ziehl-Neelsen (Z-N) stain and microscopy-fluorescence method for detection of M.tbc and MOTT. There were no AIDS patients among analyzed cases. Smears were positive for acid fast bacilli (AFB) 60.0% (480 of 800) of specimens growing M… (More)


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