Acid-fast bacilli in aspiration smears from tuberculous lymph nodes. An analysis of 255 cases.

@article{Metre1987AcidfastBI,
  title={Acid-fast bacilli in aspiration smears from tuberculous lymph nodes. An analysis of 255 cases.},
  author={M S Metre and Ganesh Jayaram},
  journal={Acta cytologica},
  year={1987},
  volume={31 1},
  pages={
          17-9
        }
}
An analysis of fine needle aspiration (FNA) smears from 255 patients with tuberculous lymphadenopathy was done. The aspirates were either purulent, cheesy or mixed with blood. A total of 56.4% of all cases aspirated showed acid-fast bacilli. Of the cases in which purulent material was aspirated, 66% were positive for acid-fast bacilli. These findings stress the importance of doing Ziehl-Neelsen staining in smears of all cases suspected of being tuberculous in etiology, particularly when… CONTINUE READING

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