Sputum conversion among patients with pulmonary tuberculosis: are there implications for removal of respiratory isolation?

BACKGROUND Limited data are available to predict the length of time required for a patient to achieve sputum culture conversion after starting therapy for pulmonary tuberculosis. METHODS Rates of sputum smear and culture conversion were determined at weeks 2, 4, 8 and 16 after initiating therapy in patients admitted to our Respiratory Isolation Unit from… CONTINUE READING