Author(s): Chakrabarti A, Sharma M, Dubey ML
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Abstract A total of 4958 patients, clinically suspected to have tuberculosis were screened for mycobacteria by acid fast staining and culture procedures. Mycobacterial species were isolated from 462 (9.3\%) patients while acid fast bacilli were demonstrated on smear examination in 83 (1.7\%) patients. Mycobacterium tuberculosis was the most common isolate (92\%). Among the nontuberculous mycobacteria, M. fortuitum was isolated in 13 (2.8\%), M. avium in 2 (0.4\%) and M. szulgai in 1 (0.2\%). In 22 individuals clinically suspected of tubercular pleural effusion, pleural biopsy specimen gave higher isolation of mycobacteria (27.3\%) as compared to isolations from pleural fluid specimens (9.1\%).
This article was published in Indian J Med Res
and referenced in Journal of Clinical Case Reports