Performance indicators of fluorescence microscopy for sputum samples in pulmonary tuberculosis.
Selvakumar, N.; Syam Sunder, A.; Gomathi, S.; Ponnuraja, C.; Kumar, V.
International Journal of Mycobacterioogy; .2012; 1; 143-145.
Abstract: To get insight into the sensitivity of fluorescence microscopy for diagnostic and follow-up sputum samples from pulmonary tuberculosis patients in clinical trials, the yield of smear positivity – among culture positive sputum samples – encountered in diagnostic and follow-up samples was retrospectively analyzed from the data available in a mycobacteriology laboratory in India. The sensitivity of fluorescence microscopy for diagnostic and follow-up samples respectively was found to be 94.3% and 60.7%.With these values as guidelines, the performance of fluorescence microscopy in the treatment of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis under DOTS plus program remains to be monitored and studied.
Keywords: Fluorescence microscopy; Smear; Sputum; Mycobacterium tuberculosis; Laboratory indicators
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