Usefulness of the BACTEC MGIT 960 system for isolation of mycobacterium tuberculosis from sputa subjected to long-term storage.

Abstract

The recovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from sputa positive or negative for acid-fast bacilli that were stored for 17 +/- 7 days and inoculated in the BACTEC MGIT 960 system (MGIT) was higher than that from sputa inoculated in Lowenstein-Jensen medium. MGIT is useful for isolation of M. tuberculosis from sputa subjected to long-term storage. 

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