Rapid diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis by mycobacteriophage assay.

@article{Butt2004RapidDO,
  title={Rapid diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis by mycobacteriophage assay.},
  author={Tariq Tahir Butt and Rifat Nadeem Ahmad and Syed Yousaf Kazmi and Ahsan Mahmood},
  journal={The international journal of tuberculosis and lung disease : the official journal of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease},
  year={2004},
  volume={8 7},
  pages={899-902}
}
We evaluated FASTPlaqueTB, a recently introduced bacteriophage assay for rapid detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex in sputum specimens, using 169 non-duplicate sputum specimens from patients suspected of pulmonary tuberculosis. The results of 160 specimens were analysed. FASTPlaqueTB assay detected tuberculosis in 77% (46/60) of culture-positive cases. Among the AFB smear-positive cases (n = 47) it had a sensitivity of 76% and specificity of 60% while among AFB smear-negative cases… CONTINUE READING

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