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  • Research Article   
  • J Infect Dis Med 2017, Vol 3(1): 122
  • DOI: 10.4172/2576-1420.1000122

Zeihl Neelsen Stain: Still a Reliable Option for EPTB Diagnosis in Resource Constraint Settings

Avinash Kumar, Shalini Dewan Duggal*, Pragnya Paramita Jena, Sharon Rainy Rongpharpi and Renu Gur
Department of Microbiology, Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, , Rohini, Delhi, India
*Corresponding Author : Shalini Dewan Duggal, Department of Microbiology, Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, Rohini, Delhi, India, Tel: +919810921982, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Feb 03, 2018 / Accepted Date: Feb 26, 2018 / Published Date: Mar 06, 2018

Abstract

Background: Endemic countries like India are burdened with the bludgeoning effects of tuberculosis. While pulmonary tuberculosis is more prevalent and communicable, diagnosis of extra pulmonary tuberculosis (EPTB) is more challenging.
Methods: This was a retrospective study done for three consecutive years 2013 to 2015. The extra-pulmonary smear samples from patients suspected of tuberculosis were stained with Zeihl Neelsen stain and examined. Results: Based on ZN stain, EPTB was diagnosed in 13.4%, 9.5%, 10.6% suspected cases between 2013 to 2015 respectively. Highest positivity was seen among pus aspirates from lymph nodes in 13-25 years age group.
Conclusion: New technological advances are being made all across the globe for faster and specific tuberculosis diagnosis. However in resource limited settings, reliance is often on the smear microscopy findings. Diligently observed smears increase chances of diagnosis and is often rewarding.

Keywords: Extra pulmonary tuberculosis; Pulmonary tuberculosis; Ziehl Neelsen staining

Citation: Kumar A, Duggal SD, Paramita Jena P, Rainy Rongpharpi S, Gur R (2018) Zeihl Neelsen Stain: Still a Reliable Option for EPTB Diagnosis in Resource Constraint Settings. J Infect Dis Med 3: 122. Doi: 10.4172/2576-1420.1000122

Copyright: © 2018 Kumar A. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License; which permits unrestricted use; distribution; and reproduction in any medium; provided the original author and source are credited.

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