A comparison of direct microscopy, the concentration method and the Mycobacteria Growth Indicator Tube for the examination of sputum for acid-fast bacilli.

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SETTING In countries with high human immunodeficiency virus prevalence, laboratory diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis with the standard Ziehl-Neelsen (ZN) technique is characterised by low sensitivity. OBJECTIVE To compare test characteristics of direct microscopy, the concentration method and the Mycobacteria Growth Indicator Tube (MGIT). DESIGN Three… (More)

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@article{Apers2003ACO, title={A comparison of direct microscopy, the concentration method and the Mycobacteria Growth Indicator Tube for the examination of sputum for acid-fast bacilli.}, author={Ludwig Apers and Junior Mutsvangwa and J Magwenzi and N Chigara and Anthony E. Butterworth and P. Mason and Patrick van der Stuyft}, journal={The international journal of tuberculosis and lung disease : the official journal of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease}, year={2003}, volume={7 4}, pages={376-81} }